Can managers have a work-family balance and career advancement? Yes, is the answer. Using self ratings, peer ratings, and supervisor ratings of 9,627 managers in 33 countries, the authors generally found that managers who were rated higher in work-life balance were rated higher in career advancement potential than were managers who were rated lower in work-life balance. This gives weight to enrichment and expansionist theories that advocate a person can add to career potential by enrichening the life balance.
On the whole, they found similar results for women and men, except that national context did make a difference. Women’s career advancement and life balance was more marked in cultures that displayed a high level of egalitarianism between the sexes, while the same was true for men in cultures where sexual equality was low.
Lyness, Karen S.; Judiesch, Michael K., Journal of Applied Psychology, 2008, Vol 93, No. 4, Pages 789-805