Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Lynn Anderson
Dr. Carol Van Der Karr
The purpose of this study was to explore faculty and staff perceptions of work-life balance and their perceptions of the healthy initiatives the college provides to promote work-life balance. In addition, based on results from the study, the researcher’s goal was to provide recommendations to strengthen employee work-life balance at SUNY Cortland. A mixed methods approach was utilized in order to increase the understanding of the relationship between employees’ perceptions of work-life balance and their perceptions of the college’s work-life balance practices. Qualitative inquiry was the primary method used to explore SUNY Cortland faculty and staff’s perceptions, feelings, and thoughts on work-life balance and their place of employment’s healthy initiatives. A 15-item survey was also administered consisting of Diener’s 5-item Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS), one overall job satisfaction question (using the same Likert scale as SWLS), and nine demographic questions. The sample of academic (n=12) and non-academic (n=25) was purposefully selected to ensure there was an inclusive representation of faculty and staff at the college. Leadership was a significant variable influencing faculty and perceptions of work-life balance and views on participating in healthy workplace practices. Another major finding was lack of inclusiveness perceivably had a negative influence on participant’s perceptions of the college’s work-life balance practices, and that more initiatives for community involvement would promote employee well-being. These findings support prior research findings. Based on the findings the researcher concluded a relationship does exist between faculty and staffs perceptions of work life balance and work-life balance practices.
Sinicropi, Judy R., "An exploratory study of faculty and staff perceptions of work-life balance and organizational work-life balance practices on a college campus" (2016). Master's Theses. 32.