Talking the talk and walking the walk: How managers can influence the quality of work-life balance in a construction project

Bradley, L, Brown, K, Lingard, H, Townsend, K and Bailey, C 2010, 'Talking the talk and walking the walk: How managers can influence the quality of work-life balance in a construction project', International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 589-603.


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Title Talking the talk and walking the walk: How managers can influence the quality of work-life balance in a construction project
Author(s) Bradley, L
Brown, K
Lingard, H
Townsend, K
Bailey, C
Year 2010
Journal name International Journal of Managing Projects in Business
Volume number 3
Issue number 4
Start page 589
End page 603
Total pages 15
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract Purpose ¿ The construction industry in Australia is characterised by a long work-hours culture, with conditions that make it difficult for staff to balance their work and non-work lives. The objective of this paper is to measure the success of a work-place intervention designed to improve work-life balance (WLB) in an alliance project in the construction industry, and the role the project manager plays in this success. Design/methodology/approach ¿ The paper focuses on an alliance case study. Interviews were conducted at two points in time, several months apart, after the interventions were implemented. Findings ¿ Results showed that staff on the whole were more satisfied with their work experience after the interventions, and indicated the important role that managers' attitudes and behaviours played. Originality/value ¿ Managerial support for work-life initiatives is a critical element in achieving WLB and satisfaction with working arrangements. The fact that the manager ¿talked the talk and walked the walk¿ was a major contributing success factor, which has not previously been demonstrated.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) hours of work
quality of life
job satisfaction
project management
construction industry
Australia
DOI - identifier 10.1108/17538371011076064
Copyright notice Copyright Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2010
ISSN 17538378
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