Labouring for leisure? Achieving work-life balance through compressed working weeks

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Title Labouring for leisure? Achieving work-life balance through compressed working weeks
Author Brown, Kerry; Bradley, Lisa; Lingard, Helen; Townsend, Keith John; Ling, Sharine
Journal Name Annals of Leisure Research
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Flexible work practices spreading work times across the entire week have reduced the time to engage in leisure activities and for some have compounded the problem of a lack of defined break between work weeks. This study examines time spent outside of the workplace through a multiple case study of working time and leisure in the construction industry. A framework of synchronous leisure is used to examine the interplay of work and non-work arrangements. The effects of changing work arrangements to deliver a longer break between working weeks and the consequent impact on leisure activities are analysed. Interviews and focus groups across four construction sites revealed that while leisure is important to relieve fatigue and overwork, a work schedule allowing a long break between working weeks, specifically on a weekend, enables workers to achieve synchronous time, particularly with family, and improves work-life balance satisfaction. It was found that a well-defined break across a weekend also offers the opportunity to synchronize schedules with others to spend time away on short breaks.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI
Volume 14
Issue Number 1
Page from 43
Page to 59
ISSN 1174-5398
Date Accessioned 2011-11-27; 2012-02-13T05:06:01Z
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Human Resources Management; Industrial Relations
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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