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The complexity of resources related to work-life balance and well-being – a survey among municipality employees in Sweden

Törnquist Agosti, Madelaine LU ; Bringsén, Åsa LU and Andersson, Ingemar LU (2017) In International Journal of Human Resource Management 28(16). p.2351-2374
Abstract

Increasing sickness absence rates among care and service employees in Sweden motivate health-promoting activities. It is crucial to employers and key stakeholders, like HRM departments, to have knowledge of resources related to employees' work life balance (WLB) to increase well-being at work. The aim of the study was to explore resources associated with WLB, with focus on work and private lives among care and service employees. A questionnaire survey to a total population of two municipality departments (n = 631, response rate 76%) was conducted. A linear regression model showed five significant main resources related to WLB: a positive life situation, recovery, a positive time experience at work, a positive time experience in private... (More)

Increasing sickness absence rates among care and service employees in Sweden motivate health-promoting activities. It is crucial to employers and key stakeholders, like HRM departments, to have knowledge of resources related to employees' work life balance (WLB) to increase well-being at work. The aim of the study was to explore resources associated with WLB, with focus on work and private lives among care and service employees. A questionnaire survey to a total population of two municipality departments (n = 631, response rate 76%) was conducted. A linear regression model showed five significant main resources related to WLB: a positive life situation, recovery, a positive time experience at work, a positive time experience in private life and well-being. Logistics regression models further exploring the main resources showed essential sub-resources such as health-promoting leadership, supportive home environment and reflection on everyday life. This two-step analysis with a salutogenic perspective points out a holistic and complex picture of possibilities to promote employees’ WLB and well-being. These findings can be used as a supportive framework for HR departments in charge of competence development for managers. Moreover, the results are important in both policy-making and as a foundation for workplace health promotion (WHP) interventions.

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management, municipality employees, policy-making, Salutogenesis, work-life balance, workplace health promotion
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International Journal of Human Resource Management
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28
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16
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2351 - 2374
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Taylor & Francis
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0958-5192
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10.1080/09585192.2017.1340323
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English
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  author       = {Törnquist Agosti, Madelaine and Bringsén, Åsa and Andersson, Ingemar},
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  language     = {eng},
  month        = {06},
  number       = {16},
  pages        = {2351--2374},
  publisher    = {Taylor & Francis},
  series       = {International Journal of Human Resource Management},
  title        = {The complexity of resources related to work-life balance and well-being – a survey among municipality employees in Sweden},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2017.1340323},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2017},
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