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What do employees do with their extra free time when work-life balance is improved through a change in roster?

Bradley, Lisa M., Mok, Katalina, Townsend, Keith J., & Brown, Kerry A. (2008) What do employees do with their extra free time when work-life balance is improved through a change in roster? In 22nd ANZAM Conference 2008 : Managing in the Pacific Century, 2 – 5 December, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Abstract

This paper examines how workers spend their non-work time when their work schedule is restructured so that they have an extra non-work day per week. Interviews were conducted in a construction project where the roster was changed from a six to a five-day week. Interviews over time were conducted with fourteen staff, starting when the change was about to occur, then at monthly intervals for the following 3 months. Findings indicated that before the change, staff believed they would spend more time with their friends and family, learning new skills, and relaxing. After the change, it seemed staff were likely to spend their ‘extra’ free time relaxing, and with friends and family, but reported less actual time learning new skills.

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ID Code: 17180
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Human Resource Development, Personnel Psychology, Work-life Balance
ISBN: 186308-148-8
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 09 Jan 2009 14:02
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:45

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