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Do working hours really affect work-life balance satisfaction?

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HC Online | 01 Dec 2014, 10:31 AM Agree 0
Several studies have shown that workers worldwide are increasing their working hours – but does this always have a negative effect on job satisfaction?
  • Toni Ryan | 01 Dec 2014, 12:01 PM Agree 0
    Was there a gender break down in this research?
  • PhilB | 01 Dec 2014, 03:17 PM Agree 0
    There is an extensive scientific literature on the effects of working hours going back more than a century. In most worker populations, work-life conflict is one of the work-related variables most strongly related outcomes such as mental health, job satisfaction and intention to leave.

    In response to Toni, long paid working hours have traditionally been disproportionately worked by males, reflecting the gender division of labour. Recent ABS data, for example, indicate that male full-time workers do approximately 15% longer paid hours than female full-time workers.

    Males and females generally tend to report similar levels of work-life conflict but for somewhat different reasons. Bland gender comparisons are not really very informative though, because there are major within gender groups, related to factors such as marital status, having or not having dependent children, capacity to pay for child-care, control and autonomy at work, type of employment, etc. Many of the senior executives in this particular survey are likely to be low on the risk scale for work-life conflict and their responses are very unlikely to match those of the wider workforce regarding work-life conflict. There is plenty of other research around though.
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