The Effects of Organisational Work-Life Balance Initiatives on Accountants in New Zealand
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Science
Employee perception of the provision of work-life balance initiatives within their firms and their usage/intended usage of these initiatives was obtained for 77 New Zealand accountants employed in four accounting firms. Statistical analysis indicated the impact of these employee perceptions on overall job satisfaction, organisational commitment, job stress, intentions to quit, family-work conflict and work-family conflict. Employees' perception of the provision of work-life balance initiatives failed to significantly impact the employee measures. Utilising or intending to utilise work-life balance initiatives significantly impacted employee measures of organisational commitment and job stress. These mixed results suggest that simply installing work-life balance initiatives in accounting firms is not enough. Obtaining measures of within firm social support for employees utilising work-life balance initiatives needs further investigation. It is suggested that instead of adopting a 'one size fits all' approach, that organisations need to install initiatives specifically suited to the individual demographics of their workforce.