Working Time Arrangements and Recreation: Making Time for Weekends when Working Long Hours

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Title Working Time Arrangements and Recreation: Making Time for Weekends when Working Long Hours
Author Brown, Kerry; Bradley, Lisa; Lingard, Helen; Townsend, Keith John; Ling, Sharine
Journal Name Australian Bulletin of Labour
Year Published 2010
Place of publication Australia
Publisher National Institute of Labour Studies Inc.
Abstract Work time spread across the entire week, rather than the conventional five day working week, has meant that workers are now less able to utilise longer stretches of recreation time especially in gaining access to a full two-day break over a weekend. This paper explores the issues contributing to workers' acquisition of longer recreation time. It seeks to determine the effects of this acquisition on the quality of working and non-working time for the employee through a study of work-life balance in the construction industry. It finds that weekends are more important to achieving work-life balance than shorter days over a six-day week when working long hours. Further, 'personal time' is a key element in achieving satisfactory work-life balance for employees, and this type of 'time' is often forgone in trying to integrate the necessary and desired non-work activities in the shorter time available to workers.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 National Institute of Labour Studies Inc. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 36
Issue Number 2
Page from 194
Page to 213
ISSN 0311-6336
Date Accessioned 2010-12-21
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Industrial Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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