In Australia like many other countries small firms make up the bulk of the business population. Hence, they play an important role in managing our intellectual and social capital. One specific role they play is how they assist their employees to manage the work-life interface. This paper provides a discussion of: (i) what is meant by the term work-life balance; (ii) why it is important for small firms to address this human resource management issue; (iii) what are the types of work-life balance practices available and the utilisation of them by employees; (iv) what problems / barriers maybe encountered in seeking to implement such practices and how such problems can be overcome; and (v) finally it offers a critique of the organisational predictors / determinants of firms offering such practices. This final aim of the paper will be supported with a proposed preliminary model of organisational predictors of small firms that offer work-life balance practices.
|Title of host publication||21st ANZAM conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||Managing our intellectual and social capital|
|Place of Publication||Canning Bridge, Australia|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
|Event||Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference - Sydney, NSW Australia, Australia|
Duration: 04 Dec 2007 → 07 Dec 2007
|Conference||Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference|
|Period||04/12/07 → 07/12/07|
Jenkins, S. (2007). Purpose, prevalence, problems and predictors of work life balance in Australian small business. In R. Chapman (Ed.), 21st ANZAM conference: Managing our intellectual and social capital (pp. 1-15). ANZAM/Promaco.