Work/Family Balance: HRM Policy and Practice in Australia

Fowler, Jane, Gudmundsson, Amanda, & Whicker, Leanne (2006) Work/Family Balance: HRM Policy and Practice in Australia. In Thorpe, R, McHugh, M, & Leitch, C (Eds.) Conference Proceedings 2006: British Academy of Management: 'Building International Communities Through Collaboration', 12-14 September, Belfast, UK.


An employee's inability to balance work and family responsibilities has resulted in an increase in stress related illnesses. Historically, research into the nexus between work and family has primarily focused on the work/family conflict relationship, predominately investigating the impact of this conflict on parents, usually mothers. To date research has not sufficiently examined the human resource management practices that enable all parents to achieve a balance between their work and family lives. This paper explores the relationship between contemporary family friendly HRM policies and employed parents perceptions of work/family enhancement, work/family satisfaction, propensity to turnover, and work/family conflict. Self-report questionnaire data from 326 men and women is analysed and discussed to enable organisations to consider the use of family friendly policies and thus create a convergence between the well-being of employees and the effectiveness of the organisation.

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ID Code: 23881
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Work-Family Balance, HRM, Australia
ISBN: 0-9549608-2-3
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 14:14
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 03:51

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