Work-Life Balance Practices in the Construction Industry of Swaziland
The construction sector plays a significant role in the economy through the provision of constructed space for productive activities. The process of executing projects in the construction sector is labor intensive and often workers need to work for long hours. Evidence found in literature shows that family conflict, emotional exhaustion and job dissatisfaction are prevalent in the construction sector. These problems have negative impact on organization and project performance. Previous studies have shown that the adoption work-life balance practices lead to significant improvements in organizational performance. The purpose of this investigation is to assess the level of adoption of work-life balance practices among construction firms in Swaziland. Questionnaire survey approach was utilized in the current study. It was revealed that a large majority of the respondents are aware of work-life balance practices. Also, leave (causal, parental [paternity/maternity], and study) and wellness programs are the most commonly used work-life practices. However, work from home and part-time work are the least used. The findings of this study shed more light on the current work-balance practices in the construction sector of Swaziland. Further research is required to understand the link between work-life balance and job satisfaction.
KeywordsSystems engineering construction industry Job performance Interpersonal relationship Turnover intention Work-life balance practices
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