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Productive balance

Some research from Australia helps clarify the relations between working life and personal life

Balance between working life and personal life. Measure and proportion, productive time and human time, man and machine. It is a definite fact that good corporate culture also entails a sense of organisational proportion. This applies to all sectors. Even the most “simple”. In fact, it is precisely from the photograph of relations between work time and personal time in some of the former that general indications may arise. Reading “Technology, Long Work Hours, and Stress Worsen Work-life Balance in the Construction Industry” by Simon Holden and Riza Yosia Sunindijo (from the Faculty of Built Environment in Sydney, Australia) could be a good way better to understand a topic that is only apparently easy.

The purpose of this research is to assess the level of balance between work life and private life and determine the factors that affect the balance between professional life and work in the Australian construction industry. Geographically far away, precisely this scope of activity constitutes a good starting point to begin to understand.

The research was carried out using questionnaires to collect data from 89 employees of a medium-sized construction firm in Sydney. The results of the survey are discussed, starting with a theoretical diagram that clearly identifies the “factors” which influence the work-life balance: technology, business culture itself, time, level of remuneration, health, welfare.

The results show how poor management of “limits” is responsible for a relatively low work-life balance. And how it is precisely from the combination of technology, business culture, wage compensation, health and implementation of initiatives for work-life balance that an effective balance between working life and private life may emerge. On the one hand, the two researchers explain, technology, long work hours and stress may have negative impacts on the balance between work and private life; on the other, work-life balance initiatives supported by an appropriate business culture can promote a better balance between work and private life in the construction sector. The survey is accompanied by a series of diagrams and investigation tables on every aspect of business management which affects the work-life balance.

The analysis work undertaken by Holden and Sunindijo is valuable owing to the effort made to clarify the matter and to the simplicity of presenting a theme that is very important in the context of the growth of modern business culture.

Technology, Long Work Hours, and Stress Worsen Work-life Balance in the Construction Industry

Simon Holden1, Riza Yosia Sunindijo

International Journal of Integrated Engineering, Special Issue 2018: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Vol. 10 No. 2 (2018) p. 13-18