Journal article

Work-life balance: an exploratory study of supports and barriers in a construction project

M Turner, H Lingard, V Francis

International Journal of Managing Projects in Business | Published : 2009

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore employees' perceptions of work-life balance (WLB) in an Australian infrastructure construction project, using semi-structured focus groups. Design/methodology/approach – In total, 43 employees participated in the focus groups, representing 50 per cent of the project workforce at the time. Focus groups explored employees' experiences of WLB during the planning and design stage of the project, as well as their expectations for the management of WLB during the construction phase. Findings – Project culture, project resourcing and the schedule demands of the construction stage of the project were identified as barriers for WLB, while participants..

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