What is it about?

Many companies and workers are now aware of the importance of work-life balance (WLB) in relation to workplace wellbeing. Workers in UK construction industry, a major sector of the economy, suffer from high rates of mental health problems and their help-seeking is low. We explored relationships between WLB, mental health, mental health attitudes. WLB was negatively associated with mental health problems and mental health attitudes, and the strongest predictor of mental health problems. Findings will help UK construction workers, employers, and organizational researchers deepen their understanding of WLB and identify better solutions to poor WLB and mental health.

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Why is it important?

No previous studies explored the importance of work-life balance (WLB) to work mental health in this major sector of the UK economy, construction industry. Our findings such as a strong association among WLB, mental health and mental health attitudes can suggest construction companies, workers (including managers), and researchers alternative ways to help their work mental health.

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We enjoyed working on this project, as our findings can help workers in this field. Work mental health is being talked about in many industries in the UK and other countries, and this paper can offer useful insights into modern workplace problems. We are currently conducting further studies based on these findings. Hope to find more meaningful findings.

Yasuhiro Kotera
University of Derby

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This page is a summary of: Work-life balance of UK construction workers: relationship with mental health, Construction Management and Economics, June 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2019.1625417.
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