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Work Life Balance: The impact of individual perception. A study within the Department of Health

MacNamara, Fiachra (2019) Work Life Balance: The impact of individual perception. A study within the Department of Health. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Work life balance is a crucial topic in terms of employee work performance and ability to manage other life roles. Previous research has highlighted the importance of in depth work life balance practices for organisations. Further research is however required in order to understand how employees fully engage with work life balance on an individual level. The focus of this research is within the area of work life balance among Department of Health employees at an individual level. Such a study is important in order to analyse whether the work life balance measures in place within the organisation are suitable to the staff’s individual values and needs. The research in this dissertation took a qualitative approach in which the researcher conducted semi structured interviews among 15 Department of Health employees. The data extracted from these interviews was then coded and organised into themes. The findings from this research provides evidence that employees’ individual perceptions of work life balance can vary greatly. The main conclusion drawn from this study indicate that greater awareness needs to be taken in terms of these differences when drawing up both formal and informal work life balance measures within the organisation. This dissertation recommends that more flexible working practises be undertaken by the Department of Health, as well as giving consideration to the benefits of working from home, while also improving its access to mobile technology as an enabler of work life balance.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government > Public Sector
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2019 14:38
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2019 14:38
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3932

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