Managing work-life balance in construction by Helen Lingard

By Helen Lingard

1. Is it an issue? 2. Social coverage and criminal Frameworks three. employees in clash four. The Work-Family Interface five. Burnout 6. Organisational Responses 7. Supportive offices eight. A imaginative and prescient for the longer term

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I get home on Friday nights anytime between 10pm and 2 o’clock Saturday morning . . leave to go to work sometime on Sunday afternoon say 3 o’clock and eat, sleep and have a bit of adult time . . which is probably my weekends at the moment . . I’m here by choice . . and one of the things that I’m committed to in uprooting the whole family was that once we landed here we would stay here until the girls had finished high school . . , 2006: 20). The flow-on effect to the domestic partners of those in construction should not be underestimated.

Work in construction is often interesting and challenging. Many construction industry workers and professionals find their work 30 Is it a problem? rewarding and take considerable pride in undertaking socially useful work in projects that will make a real difference to people’s lives. Nowhere is this more apparent than in large and complex construction projects like the M1 upgrade. The M1 Upgrade Project is a large and complex civil construction project whose primary objective is to decrease travel times along one of Melbourne’s major arterial roads.

In this chapter, we aim to provide a broad descriptive overview of social policy and legal frameworks impacting upon work–life balance, with Social policy and legal frameworks 39 particular attention to Australia, the UK, the USA and countries of the European Union. In doing so, we also draw upon research which evaluates the impact of regulation and policy in various countries, identifying aspects of policy which help workers to balance work and personal lives, as well as areas in which workers could be better supported.

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