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Work-life balance: balancing work-life and operations in the eldery care, home care and maternity care

Kupper, Kirsten (2010) Work-life balance: balancing work-life and operations in the eldery care, home care and maternity care.

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Abstract:Some striking characteristics of the elderly care, home care and maternity care are: the majority of the employees is female, 63% of the employees experience heavy mental work (Prismant, 2008) and 56% experienced emotionally demanding work (Prismant), most employees also have care responsibilities (resulting in role conflict between worklife), there is a 24 hours schedule (except for the home care) and almost all employment contracts are part time. In addition the labour market is tight (especially on level three). The main question of this research is: “How are Work-Life Balance (WLB) and personal well-being experienced within the Elderly care, Home care and Maternity care (EHM sectors) and how are they affected by organizational operations, and how can organizational policies and practices be improved to reach a better balance between operational and employee needs?”. The research has a multiple case study approach; the nature of this multiple case study is descriptive. The research is also partly explorative, because necessary information must be obtained to answer the main question and the propositions.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/60163
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