Talking the talk and walking the walk : how managers can influence the quality of work-life balance in a construction project
Bradley, Lisa M., Brown, Kerry A., Lingard, Helen C., Townsend, Keith J., & Bailey, Caroline (2010) Talking the talk and walking the walk : how managers can influence the quality of work-life balance in a construction project. International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, 3(4), pp. 589-603.
Purpose – The construction industry in Australia is characterised by a long work-hours culture, with conditions that make it difficult for staff to balance their work and non-work lives. The objective of this paper is to measure the success of a work-place intervention designed to improve work-life balance (WLB) in an alliance project in the construction industry, and the role the project manager plays in this success.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper focuses on an alliance case study. Interviews were conducted at two points in time, several months apart, after the interventions were implemented.
Findings – Results showed that staff on the whole were more satisfied with their work experience after the interventions, and indicated the important role that managers' attitudes and behaviours played.
Originality/value – Managerial support for work-life initiatives is a critical element in achieving WLB and satisfaction with working arrangements. The fact that the manager “talked the talk and walked the walk” was a major contributing success factor, which has not previously been demonstrated.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Australia, Construction Industry, Hours of Work, Job Satisfaction, Project Management|
|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|
Current > Schools > School of Management
|Deposited On:||12 Nov 2010 10:16|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:23|
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