Work and life balance practices in Bhutan

Norbu, Tshewang, Bradley, Lisa, & Browning, Victoria (2014) Work and life balance practices in Bhutan. In 28th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference : Reshaping Management for Impact, 3 – 5 December 2014, Sydney, Australia.


This research examined formal and informal human resource policies and practices that support work life balance (WLB) in Bhutanese Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Developing countries like Bhutan where small and medium enterprises (SMEs) make up the majority of all enterprises are less likely to encompass formal comprehensive WLB policies that more privileged societies like the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK where the concept of WLB began. Interviews were conducted with 20 employees and 10 employers from 10 SMEs in Bhutan. Results showed that informal practices were the predominant mechanism for employees to manage the multiple roles in their lives. Strong norms of trust between employers and employees supported these informal practices.

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ID Code: 80114
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Work/life Balance, Work and Family, HRM, HR Policies
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2015 22:37
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2015 10:42

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