Kennedy, Peter (2016) An Investigation into the Work-Life Balance that Exists for Workers in the Irish Hospitality Industry. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.
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Work-Life balance is fast becoming a topic that human resource management place great importance in. The number of studies into work-life balance has increased over the years as organisations are witnessing the benefits of work-life balance policies in companies such as Google and Facebook. These companies have been credited with implementing these work-life balance policies and rightly so but it has left a gap in the research as to other industries. To date there has been very little research into work-life balance in the Irish hospitality industry. The industry has a very bad reputation in terms of hours, pay and stress however due to the small amount of research it is difficult to prove this in terms of the Irish hospitality industry.
A Qualitative research method was used in the form of interviews. These took place on a sample of workers from the hospitality industry. The sample contained a number of different departments, ages and genders. The interviews were built around the literature examined and the research objectives identified. The data gathered was analysed and discussed in the same manner, by research objective. This allowed the project to keep its focus.
The results were clear that in this sample there was a negative work-life balance for the workers in the hospitality industry. There were other interesting and vital conclusions such as work-life balance motivators change with age and most importantly work-life balance differs from department to department. Further research is recommending into the different departments in hospitality to gain a clearer view of work-life balance for the workers in specific departments.
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