The Extension organization has a long tradition of professional service to clientele, often at a cost of sacrifice to family and self. The results of a national study indicated that work/life issues are of great concern. Employees identified the most critical work/life challenges as: 1) a heavy work load, 2) evening and weekend time commitments, and 3) lack of control or job autonomy. The recommendations, based on this study, urged Extension administrators throughout the organization to reduce the workload and time requirements of county-based professionals and contended that policies needed to be consistent within the national Extension system.
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Kutilek, L. M., Conklin, N. L., & Gunderson, G. (2002). Investing in the Future: Addressing Work/Life Issues of Employees. The Journal of Extension, 40(1), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol40/iss1/8