FLUCTUATING DEMANDS AND UNEXPECTED EVENTS: AN ACTION RESEARCH APPROACH TO IMPROVING WORK-FAMILY INTERACTION IN PROJECT-BASED CONSTRUCTION WORK

Grant number: LP0882035 | Funding period: 2008 - 2012

Completed

Abstract

Construction workers, who comprise 8.5% of Australia's workforce, are a high risk group for work-family conflict (WFC), which is linked to negative outcomes for individuals, families and organizations. The construction industry is facing a skills shortage but remains unattractive to young workers and those with family/care responsibilities. The research will help the construction industry to re-think cultural expectations about work hours and design jobs that reduce WFC and promote work-family interaction. The research will help the industry improve its ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce and contribute to a reduction in the social and economic costs of WFC.