Using Work/Life Balance Strategies to Address Regional Skills Shortages

Debra Da Silva, Kerry Grigg

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Abstract

While organisations in regional Australia face the difficulty of attracting skilled labour, an increasing number of individuals are considering amenity-lifestyle changes, commonly known as 'sea-change' or 'tree-change' decisions. As such, there is an interesting and complex nexus to be considered: how do regional organisations use their work/life balance (WLB) policies to attract skilled labour, and secondly how does this promotion of WLB appeal to individuals' mobility and decision making-processes? This dual-perspective issue will be examined using an analysis of both organisations and individuals drawn from the Goulburn-Murray region. Proposed findings will be twofold: firstly, organisational findings will focus on developing human resource strategies that better match the needs of regional organisations with the motivations and intentions of skilled migratory labour; secondly, individual findings will focus on the motivations and intentions of skilled migratory labour. Synthesizing these findings will provide a framework by which we can better understand how organisations can take advantage of wider population trends in order to address the issue of persistent skills shortages.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEGRA 2008
Subtitle of host publicationCreative solutions: expect them to be different
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherSEGRA
Pages1-32
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9780980283358
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventSustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) Conference - Albury, NSW, Australia
Duration: 18 Aug 200820 Aug 2008

Conference

ConferenceSustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia (SEGRA) Conference
CountryAustralia
Period18/08/0820/08/08

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    Da Silva, D., & Grigg, K. (2008). Using Work/Life Balance Strategies to Address Regional Skills Shortages. In SEGRA 2008: Creative solutions: expect them to be different (pp. 1-32). SEGRA.