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Organizational Health Management Interventions in the Australian Construction Industry: An Evaluation of One Case Study Project

Lingard, Helen c., Bradley, Lisa M., Brown, Kerry A., Bailey, Caroline, & Townsend, Keith J. (2006) Organizational Health Management Interventions in the Australian Construction Industry: An Evaluation of One Case Study Project. In Fang, D, Choudhry, RM, & Hinze, JW (Eds.) Global Unity for Safety & Health in Construction: CIB W99 International Conference, 28-30 June 2006, China.

Abstract

Work conditions in the construction industry are notoriously demanding. In Australia, construction workers are required to work long hours, typically over six days. Project-based workers work significantly longer hours and experience higher levels of work-life conflict, job stress and burnout than their counterparts in the corporate offices of construction firms. Problems of job dissatisfaction increased turnover intention, lack of general well-being, substance abuse and psychological and psychiatric problems have all been associated with a lack of balance between work and non-work life. This paper presents a post-hoc evaluation of a three-pronged employee healthy lifestyle promotion intervention which was introduced at a large Australian infrastructure construction project. The results highlight the benefits associated with the adoption of an integrated approach to the management of employees' work-life balance, health and well-being. The authors argue that construction organisations should broaden the scope of their occupational health and safety (OH&S) management activities to address issues of work-life balance and general employee wellness.

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ID Code: 8124
Item Type: Conference Paper
ISBN: 7-302-13236-4
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Deposited On: 08 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:24

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