Balancing work and family: A qualitative exploratory study of alternative work arrangements and employee preferences in the manufacturing sector

by McGrath, Christopher B., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 154 pages; 3542632


The research entails a qualitative explanatory study of alternative work arrangements (AWAs) and employee preferences in the manufacturing sector. The study was to understand the employees' perspectives for family and work life balance policies. It was based in one of the manufacturing firms located in the Northeastern part of the United States. The location used for this study had 200 employees. A sample of 27 employees was used which was from various organization levels and departments. The sample was obtained by using a non-probability sampling method that is purposive sampling. The sample was categorized into two using both the staff sample and management sample. The face-to-face in-depth interview consisted of open-ended structured questions. Data collected was summarized in tables and percentages. The study showed that many employees responded positively to the policies that allowed them to balance their home and work life. It was also found that a balanced work-home life could lead to the company achieving its objectives. Balanced work-home life increases efficiency; motivation and workers develop a positive attitude toward their work. Thus, they increase their productivity. The study recommended that, there should be formalization of policies regarding work-home balance that should be in written form. Managers in the organization should formulate and promote policies that support flexibility as it enhances efficiency. Lastly, there should be formal methods designed to monitor and control abuses of privileges relating to work-home balance.

AdviserMary Evans Kasala
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3542632

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