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Work-Life Balance Policies: Organisational and Human Resource Responses

Sorensen, Maria Peate (2014) Work-Life Balance Policies: Organisational and Human Resource Responses. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Work-life balance may not be of organisational importance as other areas in the current economic recession with a labour market abundant in skills. Flexibility contributes to employees work-life balance and the aim of this research is to identify organisational policy responses to work-life balance from external or external pressure.

A case study methodology was utilised from an interpretive perspective and qualitative data was collected via unstructured interviews conducted with two Human Resource managers from different organisations in the same sector. Primary data obtained through unstructured interviews gave the organisational perspective of the research topic and provided an opportunity to explore themes that emerged and probe them further. Secondary data was obtained from the literature, background information on the sector, examination of organisational documentation and theories connected to work-life balance such as social exchange and spillover theory.

Findings were analysed and the research found firstly that work-life balance policies were amended or drafted in response to external factors, such as legislation. Secondly, it was identified that internal pressure from employees experiencing spillover from family to work was accommodated through individual flexible agreements. The findings also identified the role of Human Resource manager as having diminished involvement in Work-life balance policy arrangements.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Claire Wallnutt
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 14:53
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 14:53

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