Clarifying the effect of work hours on health through work–life conflict

Fein, Erich C. and Skinner, Natalie (2015) Clarifying the effect of work hours on health through work–life conflict. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 53 (4). pp. 448-470. ISSN 1038-4111

Abstract

Previous research on the relationship between work hours and health has produced inconclusive findings, which may be related to the use of predominantly male samples. This paper examines the relationship between work hours and health in a national Australian sample (Australian Work + Life Index) of men and women. We examine total work hours across major occupational groups and find differences in health outcomes related to gender. In addition, our findings provide important insights into the pathway through which work hours impact health. Specifically, we offer compelling evidence that work–life conflict functions as a pathway through which total work hours impact health outcomes. The results of this study suggest that human resource management practitioners pay further attention to interventions that enable workers to more successfully manage the energy exchange between work and non-work domains. We also review several related pathways by which
human resource managers may reduce employee work–life conflict.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2015 Australian Human Resources Institute. Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2015 22:58
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 23:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender; health; human resource management; work hours; work–life conflict
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9405 Work and Institutional Development > 940504 Work and Family Responsibilities
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/1744-7941.12065
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26954

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