This study focuses on work related factors which have an effect on the balance between peoples work and private/social life. Commonly discussed in the daily debate is the so called “livspusslet”, the time puzzle. The question is: How do you balance the demands from work, family and society? A lot of peoples health and family relations suffers from a stressful situation at work.
It’s not hard to figure out that the possible factors which could have an effect on the balance between peoples work and private/social life are many. So, therefore we have limited the research to a number of variables of interest. These variables are then summed up to three key areas for the survey the focus on. These key areas are chosen out of, and based on our previous knowledge and the literature we recently have read about this phenomenon. The key areas are : terms of employment, working environment and flexibility & independence at work.
We have also created an index, a sum of a number of balance measuring variables, which made it easier for us to see the effects from the key areas on peoples balance between work and private/social life. The literature we have read also tells us about differences between gender, class and career focus. We found that interesting and wanted to find some answers.
The result of this study and our conclusions are that a stressful work, a physically tough work, the relationship with your work colleges and if you are scared of losing your job, have most effect on the balance between peoples work and private/social life. The study found differences between gender, class and interest in making a career.