Document Type



Available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 4.0 International Licence


Business and Management., Family studies

Publication Details online journal, issue 13, June 2015.


The aim of this paper is to examine work-life balance in the Irish hotel sector from an employee perspective with implications for HRM. 246 questionnaires from employees were returned which was a 22% response rate. Company benefits were not associated with numerical flexibility, but company benefits were associated with functional flexibility and work-life balance supports. This would suggest an integrated approach to human resource management (HRM), whereby some companies engage in a contemporary employee-focused approach, whereas other companies tend to be more traditional. The study advances the literature on the link between work-life balance programmes and other HRM practices such as company benefits and functional flexibility. We see that educational reasons and time for leisure were significant drivers of work-life balance arrangements. Hotels need to put in place more organisational supports i.e. work assistance and care supports for employees to achieve a better balance between work and life.