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Prioritising identity: A grounded theory of employees' evaluation of the work-life interface in multinational corporations

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Mathison, KA (2012) Prioritising identity: A grounded theory of employees' evaluation of the work-life interface in multinational corporations. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Are we working to live or living to work? The interface between work and personal
life is often viewed as a source of irreconcilable conflict and the predominant worklife
metaphors of ‗balance‘ and ‗conflict‘ reinforce this view. Much research in this
area assumes that time and resource allocation is at the heart of managing the worklife
interface; faced with the work-life conundrum‘, many employers respond by
implementing time and resource-focused initiatives such as flexible working hours
and access to special leave provisions. Increasingly, organisations are devoting
significant resources to establishing and promoting effective work-life balance
policies. But are these responses based on valid assumptions that accurately reflect
employees‘ perceptions of the work-life interface? Anecdotal evidence suggests that,
despite the many and varied work-life strategies being implemented in organisations,
increasing numbers of employees are engaging with support services outside the
workplace to help them manage the intersection between paid employment and
family commitments. Many of those seeking support from organisations such as
Relationships Australia are male, blue-collar employees in large organisations who
have access to, but apparently find unsuitable, the proffered time and resourceoriented
work-life initiatives. There appears then to be a ‗disconnect‘ between
employers‘ work-life initiatives and employees‘ experiences and perceptions of the
work-life interface.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2012 04:47
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 05:53
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