When I stumbled across this article and in particular the headline I was intrigued...however after reading through results is makes sense.
I am sure we can all remember when we were younger pushing the boundaries with our parents knowing if we got away with something we were more likely to get away with it again. Same thing takes place in the workplace.
It's human nature and something I see a lot of good leaders balance well. Knowing when to be lenient and when to set expectations.
"The logic is very simple: give people more of something and it increases their expectations, which creates greater dissatisfaction when experiences do not meet their standards." Of the workers involved in the study, those who lived in countries with shorter work hours had greater expectations for work-family balance and as a result were more likely to report conflict when it emerged, Dr Ruppanner said.