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Is using regular flexible leave associated with employee wellbeing?


  • Carolyn Troup

    () (The University of Queensland)


The use of flexible arrangements will likely increase with the Labour government’s introduction of the National Employment Standards which provide employees with caring responsibilities the right to request flexible arrangements. Data come from a sample of public servants (n=2168) surveyed in 2008, providing a unique setting to investigate the implementation process associated with work life balance policy. Results showed that employees who regularly used flexible leave compared with non users reported lower work interference in home life. The study found some interesting differences among men and women. Men appeared to benefit more than women from these arrangements. Mothers benefit but not when they work long hours. Users compared to non users perceived a more supportive and equitable workplace culture, which were stronger predictors of wellbeing than utilisation alone, highlighting the importance of creating an inclusive workplace culture to obtain positive outcomes.

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  • Carolyn Troup, 2011. "Is using regular flexible leave associated with employee wellbeing?," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 14(2), pages 123-138.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:14:y:2011:i:2:p:123-138

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    Health; Industry Studies; Regulation and Industrial Policy;

    JEL classification:

    • I19 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Other
    • L88 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Government Policy
    • L59 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Other


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