The National Centre for Research and Development



CORE; Programme area: gender equality and work-life balance; ID: 202412



Project title: Enhancing the effectiveness of work-life balance initiatives use


Acronym: EFFECT


Project Promoter: Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Work Psychology Department


Polish partners: -


Norwegian Partners: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences; Policy and Social Research AS


Project cost (EUR): 706 731


Grant amount (EUR): 706 731

Duration: 38 months






Project summary:

Project aims to study social, organizational and individual determinants of utilization of Work-life balance (WLB) initiatives and maintaining the healthy balance between work and life domains. Following research questions will be addressed: (1) How is WLB understood by people with different gender role orientation living in different cultural context? What are their criteria for desired WLB?; (2) What are the best predictors of utilization of existing WLB benefits: organization culture, family patterns or stage of career, individual values, gender-role orientation and compliance of attitudes toward gender-roles in a couple? (3) To what extend positive versus negative work-home and home-work interactions affect perceived WLB?, (4) Which of existing WLB initiatives are universal and independent from cultural and economic context?, and (5) How do attitudes to gender equality in a couple affect families’ adaptive strategies, their perceived need of WLB benefits and their utilization? The proposed project is multi-level research integrating individual and organizational perspectives and measures, positive and negative measures of work-life interaction and perception of work-life balance. The research project includes both focus group and survey studies. Integration of these two kinds of methodological approaches allows for expanded exploration of henomena which are in scope of our interest. For the focus groups we will recruit a sample of Polish work migrants in Norway who have care responsibilities for children aged 0-6 years either in Norway or Poland or both and sample of Polish workers in Poland who haven’t the experience of living abroad (12 focus groups) In quantitative study 600 employees form large companies and 200 from SME sector will be surveyed twice with 8 month break. The project outcomes will broaden the knowledge on WLB and allow for defining conditions for successful implementing WLB practices


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