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Longitudinal Study: HILDA
Title: Work—life conflict: Is work time or work overload more important?
Authors: Pocock, B 
Skinner, N 
Issue Date: Dec-2008
Pages: 13 pages (303-315)
Keywords: Work-life conflict
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Abstract: Work time in the form of long hours or control over work scheduling (flexibility) dominates much of the debate, and organisational policies and interventions, around sustaining a healthy work—life relationship. In this study we challenge this assumption, and argue instead for the importance of the quantity of work (work overload). Using data collected in a national Australian study, we found that work overload was the strongest predictor of full-time employees' work—life conflict. Work hours, their fit with preferences, and control over work scheduling also demonstrated small to moderate associations with work—life conflict. This study indicates that time-based work—life policies, procedures and interventions are necessary, but not sufficient, for addressing work—life conflict. Effective management of work overload, with its potential to contribute to emotional strain/exhaustion and long work hours, should be considered as a keystone strategy to support a healthy work—life relationship.
Keywords: Employment -- Hours; Employment -- Work/life Balance
Research collection: Journal Articles
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