OSR Journal of Student Research

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Condensed work schedule implications for employee outcomes and work-life balance


Cody Hoffman


Understanding the positive and negative affects of condensed work schedules is crucial for future policy makers and organization leaders. The current study examined the relationships between condensed work schedules and work outcomes. Additionally, perception of work-life balance was measured to identify if this had any meaningful implications for these relationships. It was hypothesized that condensed work schedules would be positively correlated with positive work outcomes and work-life balance would act as a mediator for this relationship. Essentially, positive work-life balance would buffer negative outcomes and enhance positive outcomes. Data collection is ongoing. Participants were recruited via email and asked to respond to an online survey that would take approximately 30 minutes. If our hypotheses in this paper are correct, they will have significant implications for employee health and organizational outcomes that should help guide future research. Essentially, correct hypotheses would show that condensed work schedules tend to produce positive employee outcomes depending on their balance between both work and life roles. This research will outline the importance of proper fit between employee and organization, at least in terms of schedules. However, this research is limited by the fact that self-report surveys were the only method utilized to gather information. The scope of this research is fairly specific, but the findings should be drawn from in future research so as to further the general understanding of the relationships between these integral aspects of life. Also, further research should be conducted to identify how impactful autonomy and voice are on these relationships.

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