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EFFECT – Enhancing the effectiveness of work- life balance initiatives use

Project aims at studying social, organizational and individual determinants of utilization of Work-Life Balance (WLB) initiatives and maintaining healthy balance between work and other life domains.

The following research questions will be addressed:

− How is WLB understood by people with different gender role orientation living in different cultural context? What are their criteria for desired WLB?
− What are the best predictors of  utilization of existing WLB benefits: organization culture, family patterns or stage of career, individual values, gender-role orientation and compliance of attitudes toward gender-roles in a couple?
− To what extent positive versus negative work-home and home-work interactions affect perceived WLB?
− Which of existing WLB initiatives are  universal and independent from cultural and economic context?
− How do attitudes to gender equality in a couple affect families’ adaptive strategies, their perceived need of WLB benefits and their utilization?

The proposed project is multi-level research integrating individual and organizational perspectives and measures, positive and negative measures of work-life interaction and perception of work-life balance. The research project includes both focus groups and survey studies. Integration of these two kinds of methodological approaches will allow for expanded exploration of the phenomena which are in scope of our interest. For the focus groups we will recruit a sample of Polish work migrants in Norway who have care responsibilities for children aged 0-6 years either in Norway or Poland or both and sample of Polish workers in Poland who haven’t the experience of living abroad (12 focus groups). In a quantitative study 600 employees form large companies and 200 from SME sector will be surveyed twice with a 8-month break. The project outcomes will broaden knowledge on WLB and allow for defining conditions for successful implementation of WLB practices.

The study is conducted by consortium including:

− project leader: Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine,
− partners: NOVA Norwegian Social Research and Policy and Social Research AS.

Duration time: 01.10.2013-31.07.2016

Project manager: Dorota Merecz-Kot, PhD: Dorota.Merecz-Kot@imp.lodz.pl


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