Academic journal article IUP Journal of Management Research

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Academic journal article IUP Journal of Management Research

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There is a growing tendency in recent times for rejuvenating the business operations based on good behavior patterns in the organization, for which many attempts have been made in the academic research as well. Many studies do show that if you want to create and spread excellence, eliminating the negative is the first order of business. Some of the researchers have discovered that negative interactions with bosses and co-workers have five times more impact on employees' moods than positive interactions. No exaggeration to say that the destructive behavior-selfishness, nastiness, fear, laziness and dishonesty-packs a far bigger wallop than constructive behavior. Hence, most of the management gurus do prescribe employee-centric policy frameworks for achieving excellence in various directions which could be measured on a scale acceptable to all.

Work-life balance has been the subject of discussion and debates for quite some time among corporates and many studies are being conducted in the direction by taking into consideration many variables of significance. Be it academics or industry, the need for balancing employee's family interests with that of organization's business agenda gains paramount importance, and the first paper, "A Study on the Work-Family Balance and Job Performance of Academics in Sri Lanka", by Vidyanee Vithanage and Bhadra J H Arachchige, is an attempt to explore the depth and breadth of applying the concept of work-life balance in higher education sector of Sri Lanka with specific reference to universities. Interestingly, it is found that there is a positive and significant relationship between work-life balance and job performance by the employees.

It is a well-known fact that there is a growing attraction for Indian religious places and shrines, and the advent of advanced transport and communications systems has further added a new dimension to this phenomenon in the name of cultural tourism. Underscoring the business angle behind pilgrim tourism, the second paper, "A Study of Cultural Tourists' Perceptions of Three Sacred Destinations of Eastern Uttar Pradesh Region, India", by Amitabh Mishra and Nisha Kant Ojha, brings to light the changing perceptions of tourism among the public. …

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