Work-family experiences of blue and white collar workers in the Australian construction industry

Francis, V, Lingard, H and Turner, M 2012, 'Work-family experiences of blue and white collar workers in the Australian construction industry', in Stephen brown (ed.) The Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 2010, Paris, France, 2-3 September 2010, pp. 1-23.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Work-family experiences of blue and white collar workers in the Australian construction industry
Author(s) Francis, V
Lingard, H
Turner, M
Year 2012
Conference name RICS COBRA Conference 2010
Conference location Paris, France
Conference dates 2-3 September 2010
Proceedings title The Construction, Building and Real Estate Research Conference of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 2010
Editor(s) Stephen brown
Publisher Centre for Disaster Resilience; University of Salford
Place of publication United Kingdom
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Abstract Little is known about the work-life experiences of trade or blue collar workers in the construction industry. A survey of white and blue collar site-based workers on a major Australian infrastructure project measured work-family conflict, work schedule fit and work-family enrichment, as well as flexibility, time adequacy, work time control and supervisor support. The 'TurningPoint' automated response system with 'KeyPad' hand held devices was used to administered the survey. The results revealed that there were notable differences between blue and white collar workers responses, with blue collar workers experiencing statistically lower levels of supervisor support, flexibility, family work enrichment and control as well as longer work hours, and higher levels of time-based work interference with family. The results clearly demonstrate the importance of a flexible, supportive workplace for all project-based employees, but particularly for blue collar workers as well as the need for continued work in the area.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Blue collar workers
construction
work-life conflict
supervisor suppott
flexibility
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