Date of Award


Document Type

Access Controlled Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Lynn Anderson

Second Advisor

Amy DiRenzo

Third Advisor

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.