TH-P02-116 - Work-Life Balance: An explanatory study and the way forward

Work-family balance
Poster Presentation
3 hours 30 minutes
O'Brien Foyer
Work-Life Interface
Work-family balance
Work-Life Balance:  An explanatory study and the way forward
M. Michailidis 1,*, E. Voukelatou 2, E. Michailidis 3
1University of Nicosia, Nicosia, , 2University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus, 3Universiety of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom
Content: Content: The present study intended to examine factors affecting work-life balance from the perspective of Cypriotemployees and aimed to propose suggestions addressing these issues for the benefit of the domestic labor force andfuture research. Questionnaires were distributed to 261 randomly selected employees; demographic and personal profileinformation was collected and sixteen statements, investigating factors related to work-life balance were explored. SPSSwas utilized for data analysis with descriptive statistics, frequency analysis and test of the significance. Additionally, 15face to face interviews were conducted. Factors such as long working hours; having to take work home and beingcontacted about work outside working hours were shown to be significantly negatively influencing the participants,causing additional pressure, contributing to their feelings of being overwhelmed with their workload (50% stated that theycannot cope with their work overload and are not capable of managing their work week). Over half stated that theircurrent job is too time consuming and a job sharing policy is needed and 45% reported that they felt guilty about notspending enough time with the family, blaming the economic crisis. This study demonstrated that there is a work-lifebalance crisis and that employees need to start from within, in order for work-life balance to be achieved. Organizationsneed urgently, to implement policies that will help employees achieve work-life balance. The health of employeesappears to be jeopardized and organizations will soon be encountering high turnover rates and absenteeism, due to theirslow progression and enforcement of work-life policies. 


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