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Working Time Arrangements and Recreation: Making Time for Weekends When Working Long Hours

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  • Brown, K.
  • Bradley, L.
  • Lingard, H.
  • Townsend, K
  • Ling, S.

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Work time spread across the entire week, rather than the conventional five day working week, has meant that workers are now less able to utilise longer stretches of recreation time especially in gaining access to a full two-day break over a weekend. This paper explores the issues contributing to workers' acquisition of longer recreation time. It seeks to determine the effects of this acquisition on the quality of working and non-working time for the employee through a study of work-life balance in the construction industry. It finds that weekends are more important to achieving work-life balance than shorter days over a six-day week when working long hours. Further, 'personal time' is a key element in achieving satisfactory work-life balance for employees, and this type of 'time' is often forgone in trying to integrate the necessary and desired non-work activities in the shorter time available to workers.

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  • Brown, K. & Bradley, L. & Lingard, H. & Townsend, K & Ling, S., 2010. "Working Time Arrangements and Recreation: Making Time for Weekends When Working Long Hours," Australian Bulletin of Labour, National Institute of Labour Studies, vol. 36(2), pages 194-213.
  • Handle: RePEc:fli:journl:25972
    Note: Brown, K.; Bradley, L.; Lingard, H.; Townsend, K.; Ling, S. 2010. Working Time Arrangements and Recreation: Making Time for Weekends When Working Long Hours. Australian Bulletin of Labour, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp.194-213.
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    1. Alperen Mustafa Yigit & Murat Koc & Sema Yigit, 2014. "Impact of Organizational Characteristics on Employees’ Workplace Preferences," International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, Human Resource Management Academic Research Society, International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, vol. 4(9), pages 560-571, September.

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