The influence of family dynamics on the productivity of working mothers in DaimlerChrysler SA
Nurturing both a family and career can be an exhausting, draining and
frustrating challenge. It is often a conflicting struggle to balance the
responsibilities of motherhood and the workplace. Even though roles within
the family and workplace are in a constant state of change, it is still expected
of women to be primarily responsible for family matters.
This qualitative study attempted to focus on the perceptions, experience and
meaning that the mother has on the influence of her family dynamics in the
context of her life, on her productivity at DaimlerChrysler, through descriptive
research. Focus group interviews were utilized as a data collection method.
The researcher made use of an interview schedule guiding the interviews.
The population consisted of 110 working mothers and a sample of 30
respondents was used. Although all 30 respondents confirmed, workload
prevented them from attending the group sessions. Three focus group
interviews were held with 17 respondents. In the first group six respondents
attended, the second group consisted of another six and the third group had
five respondents all from DaimlerChrysler Services in Centurion. Data was
transcribed from tape recordings of the interviews with the necessary consent
An in depth literature study was launched after data collection to ensure
objectivity and no preconceived perceptions. The research focused on two
aspects during the literature study namely the systems in which the working
mother is involved and part of, and productivity in the workplace.
Five themes were identified during the data analysis. The researcher came to
the conclusion that family dynamics do have an influence on the productivity
of the working mother, but within DaimlerChrysler the influence is not as
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