Understanding and managing work-life interaction across the life course: a qualitative study

Natalie Skinner, Jude Elton, Jocelyn Auer, Barbara Pocock

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This study investigated work-life interaction across the life course within one industry sector, healthcare. This workforce closely mirrors larger labour force trends such as women's increasing participation in paid work, an ageing workforce and working carers of children and elders. This qualitative study of 105 health professionals provides insight into the work-life challenges and needs of a modern diverse workforce, including the policies and practices that are likely to maximise employee well-being and retention. Indeed, significant differences in work-life perspectives and needs were observed with workers at different life stages. Similarities were also apparent, particularly with regard to work demands and flexibility. It was clear that existing organisational policies (and culture) do not meet the needs of workers across the life course, and led to reduced work hours and turnover intentions. Implications for organisational policies and practices are discussed, with a focus on access to part-time and flexible work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-109
Number of pages17
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Human Resources
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Diversity
  • Flexibility
  • Life course
  • Organisational policies
  • Work-life conflict


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