Central policies, local discretion: A review of employee access to work-life balance arrangements in a public sector agency

Colley, Linda (2010) Central policies, local discretion: A review of employee access to work-life balance arrangements in a public sector agency. Australian Bulletin of Labour, 36 2: 214-237.

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Author Colley, Linda
Title Central policies, local discretion: A review of employee access to work-life balance arrangements in a public sector agency
Journal name Australian Bulletin of Labour   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0311-6336
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 36
Issue 2
Start page 214
End page 237
Total pages 24
Editor Keith Hancock
Place of publication Bedford Park, SA, Australia
Publisher National Institute of Labour Studies
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract Work-life balance is one of the leading contemporary issues in the Australian employment environment, driven by both employee demands and employer desire to attract employees in a tight labour market. This article is about the important issue of employee experiences of work-life balance, and uses a public sector case study to consider progress and identify issues yet to be resolved. The research considers the extent of the work-life balance policy framework in the case study agency, employees’ awareness of their work-life balance options, and employee perceptions about access to flexible working arrangements. The research finds that the agency has a solid policy framework and reasonably high levels of awareness. But it identifies a gap between employees’ awareness and their perceptions of access, and uncovers many local-level barriers to access to flexible working arrangements. The article concludes that, to ensure employees have access to work-life balance, the agency should shift its focus to implementation of the policy framework through activities such as education and culture change activities.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2011 Collection
 
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