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A Study Investigating the Impact of Work-Life Balance on Job Satisfaction and Levels of Perceived Stress in Full-time Employees

Daly, Amanda (2019) A Study Investigating the Impact of Work-Life Balance on Job Satisfaction and Levels of Perceived Stress in Full-time Employees. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Work-life balance, job satisfaction and perceived stress are constructs that separately and linked together have been widely investigated in the literature, especially when focusing on organisations and their employees. The term work-life balance entered the workplace in the Nineteen Seventies and Greenbalt (2002) described it as the “acceptable levels of conflict between work and non-work demands”. Job satisfaction is a challenging concept to define and measure however, it is widely researched as it can provide many benefits to organisations and their workers. Multiple definitions have been proposed and the majority of them focus on job satisfaction as an employees attitude towards their job and how they evaluate it. Perceived stress is another construct which often appears in research and it represents how an individual identifies with a stressful situation involving them. Although this is a widely investigated topic it has rarely been linked to any literature involving work-life balance and job satisfaction.

This research study aims to investigate if work-life balance can predict levels of job satisfaction and levels of perceived stress in individuals who are working full-time jobs in Ireland across a wide variety of job sectors. This is a cross-sectional, questionnaire based study with a sample of 75 participants. Descriptive statistics, a correlation analysis and a regression analysis were carried out to test the main research question and the 3 research hypotheses which are predicting a significant positive relationship between work-life balance and job satisfaction, a significant negative relationship between work-life balance and levels of perceived stress, and a significant negative relationship between job satisfaction and levels of perceived stress.

Results from the correlation analysis run indicated a significant, negative relationship between work-life balance and job satisfaction, a significant positive relationship between work-life balance and perceived stress and, a significant negative relationship between job satisfaction and perceived stress. Results from the regression analysis run indicated that work-life balance was a predictor of job satisfaction and perceived stress among individuals who are working full time in Ireland. Overall these findings did not supported the first two research hypotheses however, did support the third research hypothesis and did support the research question asked.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Quality of Work Life / Job Satisfaction
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > Industrial Psychology > Workplace Stress
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 14:02
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2019 14:02
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3908

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