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.

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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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ID Code: 38462
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, Construction Industry, Hours of Work, Job Satisfaction, Project Management
DOI: 10.1108/17538371011076064
ISSN: 1753-8378
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 00:16
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:23

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