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What about me? Avoiding fatigue and gaining personal time in the work to leisure transition in work-life balance initiatives

Brown, Kerry A., Ling, Sharine, Bradley, Lisa M., Lingard, Helen, & Townsend, Keith J. (2009) What about me? Avoiding fatigue and gaining personal time in the work to leisure transition in work-life balance initiatives. In Beaumont, Nicholas (Ed.) 23rd Annual Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (ANZAM 2009), 1-4 December 2009, Southbank, Melbourne.

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Abstract

Fatigue and overwork are problems experienced by numerous employees in many industry sectors. Focusing on improving work-life balance can frame the ‘problem’ of long work hours to resolve working time duration issues. Flexible work options through re-organising working time arrangements is key to developing an organisational response for delivering work-life balance and usually involves changing the internal structure of work time. This study examines the effect of compressed long weekly working hours and the consequent ‘long break’ on work-life balance. Using Spillover theory and Border theory, this research considers organisational and personal determinants of overwork and fatigue. It concludes compressed long work hours with a long break provide better work-life balance. Further, a long break allows gaining ‘personal time’ and overcoming fatigue.

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ID Code: 29132
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Work-life Balance, Personal Time, Work Border Theory
ISBN: 1863081577
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Behaviour (150311)
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 2009 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 08 Dec 2009 11:57
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 23:55

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