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There's No Place Like Home: Perceived Powerlessness and the Work-Life Balance of Male Residential Construction Workers in Southern Ontario

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Title: There's No Place Like Home: Perceived Powerlessness and the Work-Life Balance of Male Residential Construction Workers in Southern Ontario
Author: Leyden, Myra
Department: Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Program: Sociology
Advisor: Shalla, Vivian
Abstract: Little is known about the work life of those employed in the residential construction sector or the conditions under which they work that might influence the quality of the house they build. The main goals of this investigation were to uncover the work-life balance issues faced by male residential construction workers and how the structural organisation of residential construction work impacted them. While a growing body of literature exists on work-life balance, most of it has concentrated on working women and/or those employed in professional occupations. In semi-standardised interviews conducted with new home construction workers in Southern Ontario, it was found that these men were, for the most part, content with their work-life balance. It would seem that a culture of long work hours remains predominant in home construction, which is problematic for an industry seeking to recruit young workers and women workers, who may want a better work-life balance.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3583
Date: 2012-04
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