The work-life experiences of office and site-based employees in the Australian construction industry

Lingard, H and Francis, V 2004, 'The work-life experiences of office and site-based employees in the Australian construction industry', Construction Management and Economics, vol. 22, no. 9, pp. 991-1002.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title The work-life experiences of office and site-based employees in the Australian construction industry
Author(s) Lingard, H
Francis, V
Year 2004
Journal name Construction Management and Economics
Volume number 22
Issue number 9
Start page 991
End page 1002
Total pages 12
Publisher Spon Press
Abstract A survey was conducted among employees of a large Australian construction firm. Comparisons were made between employees who differed by gender and work location. Male employees in site-based roles reported significantly higher levels of work to family conflict and emotional exhaustion than male employees who worked in the regional or head office. Site-based male employees were also less satisfied with their pay than male respondents who worked in the regional of head office. Few significant differences were found between women who worked in different locations. Neither were significant differences between men and women who worked in the same location reported. The results are explained in terms of women's tendency to work in administrative, secretarial or support services roles, which typically demand fewer hours. The paper concludes that the experiences of site-based construction employees, particularly men, warrant further attention to explore the sources of work-life imbalance and burnout.
Subject Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) construction
work-family conflict
burnout
job satisfaction
social exchange.
DOI - identifier 10.1080/0144619042000241444
Copyright notice © 2004 Taylor & Francis Ltd.
ISSN 0144-6193
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