Demands and resources of workers in the Australian construction industry: Identification and exploration using Q methodology

Turner, M and Lingard, H 2011, 'Demands and resources of workers in the Australian construction industry: Identification and exploration using Q methodology', in Charles Egbu and Eric Choen Weng Lou (ed.) Proceedings of the ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference, Bristol, UK, 5-7 September, 2011, pp. 361-370.


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Title Demands and resources of workers in the Australian construction industry: Identification and exploration using Q methodology
Author(s) Turner, M
Lingard, H
Year 2011
Conference name ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference
Conference location Bristol, UK
Conference dates 5-7 September, 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference
Editor(s) Charles Egbu and Eric Choen Weng Lou
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Place of publication University of Reading, Reading UK
Start page 361
End page 370
Total pages 10
Abstract Workers of the Australian construction industry experience demands, such as long working hours, irregular work schedules and geographically isolated work locations. Research has indicated a clear relationship between excessive work demands and work-life conflict, which has negative impacts for workers’ health and wellbeing. Coupled with work demands, workers also experience demands originating from their family and community domains, which are often driven by life stage and individual preferences of workers. In order to fulfil work, family and community demands, workers often call on resources such as supervisor support, flexibility of work schedule, and childcare. However, it is not clear how workers experience demands and resources, and what configuration is required so that workers can function effectively in multiple roles. Research is underway to: (i) identify the demands and resources relevant to workers of the Australian construction industry; and (ii) identify the demand-resource profiles of different worker groups within a diverse construction workforce. An innovative Q-sort method will be used to explore workers’ experience of demands and resources, and profiles of different worker groups will be identified. The innovative q-sort methodology using demands and resources unique to an Australian construction workforce is discussed.
Subjects Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) construction hazard prevention
design
occupational health and safety
socio-technical system
Copyright notice © Association of Researchers in Construction Management
ISBN 9780955239052
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