Complicated Working Time Arrangements: Construction Industry Case Study

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Title Complicated Working Time Arrangements: Construction Industry Case Study
Author Townsend, Keith John; Lingard, Helen; Bradley, Lisa; Brown, Kerry
Journal Name Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
Year Published 2012
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Society of Civil Engineers
Abstract This paper extends the understanding of working-time changes and work-life balance (WLB) through analyzing a case study where a reduction in working hours designed to assist the workforce in balancing work and nonwork life was implemented. An alliance project in the Australian construction industry was established initially with a 5-day working week, a departure from the industry-standard 6-day week. However, a range of factors complicated the success of this initiative, and the industry-standard 6-day working week was reinstated for the project. The authors argue that this case is valuable in determining the complex mix of influences that work against a wholesale or straightforward adoption of working-time adjustments and work-life balance practices. It is concluded that although the prevailing workplace culture is considered an important factor in the determination of working time, structural and workplace principles and practices may also be critical in working to secure the successful introduction of working-time reduction and work-life balance initiatives in the construction industry in the future.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 138
Issue Number 3
Page from 443
Page to 448
ISSN 0733-9364
Date Accessioned 2012-06-07
Language en_US
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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