Working Hour, Work-Life Balance and Mental Health on Construction Workers
Journal of Human Resource Management
Volume 4, Issue 5, October 2016, Pages: 49-54
Received: Aug. 21, 2016; Accepted: Sep. 1, 2016; Published: Sep. 21, 2016
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Fanny Y. F. Young, Department of Business Administration, Hong Kong Shue Yan University, Hong Kong SAR, China
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This study investigated the working hours, work-life balance and mental health of 100 construction workers in a place without Standard Working Hour legislation, Hong Kong, using a questionnaire survey. Results showed these participants had longer working hours (54 hours/week) than many other workers in Hong Kong and in many other places. However, the results did not show the work-life balance was as poor as another long working hour industry in Hong Kong, public doctors. The mental health condition (mean GHQ score 9.66) was not shown to be poor. There existed some associations among long working hours, poor work-life balance and poor mental health condition. To conclude, construction workers in Hong Kong, without Standard Working Hour legislation, had long working hours but there was insufficient evidence to show they have poor work-life balance and poor mental health. There was insufficient evidence to show the high risk of occupational injuries was related to poor work-life balance and poor mental health.
Mental Health, Construction Workers, Standard Working Hour, Working Hours, Work-Life Balance
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Fanny Y. F. Young, Working Hour, Work-Life Balance and Mental Health on Construction Workers, Journal of Human Resource Management. Vol. 4, No. 5, 2016, pp. 49-54. doi: 10.11648/j.jhrm.20160405.11
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