Work-Life Balance Practices Among Irish Hotel Employees:Implications for HRM

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Farrell, Kathleen (2015)
  • Publisher: Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Subject: work-life balance | Irish hotels | HRM | benefits | work flexibility | employee perspective | Business | Hospitality Administration and Management

The aim of this paper is to examine work-life balance in the Irish hotel sector from an employee perspective with implications for HRM. 246 questionnaires from employees were returned which was a 22% response rate. Company benefits were not associated with numerical flexibility, but company benefits were associated with functional flexibility and work-life balance supports. This would suggest an integrated approach to human resource management (HRM), whereby some companies engage in a contemporary employee-focused approach, whereas other companies tend to be more traditional. The study advances the literature on the link between work-life balance programmes and other HRM practices such as company benefits and functional flexibility. We see that educational reasons and time for leisure were significant drivers of work-life balance arrangements. Hotels need to put in place more organisational supports i.e. work assistance and care supports for employees to achieve a better balance between work and life.
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