Work-Life Balance and Job Satisfaction in the Era of Saudi Arabia's New Lifestyle: A Study on Expatriate Retention

(Pages 1054-1062)

Ahmed Alomari* and Nasser AlAhmar
Department of Business Administration, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia.


This study examines the relationship between work-life balance (WLB) and job satisfaction in the context of Saudi Arabia's new lifestyle, with a specific focus on expatriate retention. The purpose of this study is to provide a deeper understanding of how WLB influences expatriate job satisfaction and ultimately impacts their decision to stay or leave their positions in Saudi Arabia. A qualitative methodology was used, utilizing semi-structured interviews with a sample of 15 individuals representing different industries. Participants were selected based on their status as expatriate workers and their experiences with the new lifestyle in Saudi Arabia. Thematic analysis was used to identify recurring patterns and themes in the data. The results reveal a significant relationship between WLB and job satisfaction among expatriate workers. Participants emphasized the importance of having sufficient time for personal and family activities outside of work, as well as flexible working arrangements. Achieving WLB was found to enhance job satisfaction, leading to higher levels of commitment and retention. Conversely, participants who experienced work-life imbalance reported lower job satisfaction and expressed a greater likelihood of seeking opportunities elsewhere. These outcomes underscore the significance of promoting WLB initiatives within organizations operating in Saudi Arabia. Employers should consider implementing policies and practices that support employees in managing their work and personal lives effectively. By doing so, organizations can enhance job satisfaction, improve retention rates among expatriate workers, and ultimately contribute to their long-term success in the evolving Saudi Arabian lifestyle.


Work-Life Balance, Job Satisfaction, Expatriate Retention, Saudi Arabia's new lifestyle.

How to Cite:

Ahmed Alomari and Nasser AlAhmar. Work-Life Balance and Job Satisfaction in the Era of Saudi Arabia's New Lifestyle: A Study on Expatriate Retention. [ref]: vol.21.2023. available at:

Licensee REF Press
This is an open access article licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted, non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the work is properly cited.