Resilient social workers will be able to maintain a healthy balance between their work and personal life.The personal satisfaction gained from social work can enhance the quality of non-working life. Due to the nature of the job, however, social workers are at particular risk of work life conflict and may struggle to replenish their physical and psychological resources sufficiently to function effectively.This chapter discusses the ways in which work demands can ‘spill over’ into the non-work domain to impact on wellbeing, satisfaction and personal relationships.The concepts of role conflict and time-based, strain-based and behavioural-based work–life conflict and their relevance to the wellbeing of social workers are explored. Particular focus is placed on how the emotional demands of social work practice can impact on the non-work domain.
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