The paper "Work-Life Balance Challenges in New Hope Group" is a great example of a case study on human resources. This report will focus on the New Hope Group, one of Australia’ s leading mining companies. Based in the Queensland State, NHG is at the center of focus throughout this report. The choice of this organization is driven by my frequent engagement with some of the employees who work at the company. New Hope Group is one of our clients whom we are contracted to. On a regular basis, I have trained close to 100 employees of the company.
As a trainer, I have developed a strong rapport with some of the workers whom we share lots of experiences with even outside the precincts of vocational training. As a result, I consider myself a friend of the company. New Hope Group Mining Ltd fits the profile of an ideal case study due to its proximity to my station of work. I work and stay in Queensland and as such, understanding the company through various aspects of the study would not present many problems.
Additionally, being a multinational company, the findings of the study will be hugely helpful for other companies in the same sector. I am convinced that focusing on an organization of such magnitude will yield results that can show a bigger picture of work-life balance issues across many organizations. A recent survey by the Australian Institute think tank showed that close to a third of Australian workers spend more than 50 hours a week at their work stations (Kalliath & Kalliath, 2012). This translates into more than 6 unpaid hours per week.
In total, workers donate $ 9400 annually in terms of free labor. The research shows that almost half of the cases emanate from the mining sector. This is tantamount to work-life balance whereby workers are not able to balance work and home responsibilities. Organization overview New Hope Group was founded 6o years ago and has evolved to become one of the largest energy companies in Australia. The company is based in Queensland with more than 600 employees. The company is involved in diverse business practices ranging from coal mining, oil drilling, excavation, and port operation as well as agriculture.
NHG is headed by a Board of Directors under the leadership of Robert Millner. The company is one of the leading players in the energy sector through the provision of innovative products. The company is also founded on values and beliefs which emphasize community involvement and social responsibility. Work-Life Balance Issue in the organization Work-life balance has become one of the most contentious issues in modern HR management. Workers are becoming more sensitive to how much time they spend at and outside the work premises.
According to Hutchings, De Cieri & Shea (2011) work-life balance refers to the ability of an employee to satisfactorily meet work and domestic responsibilities. It is a state whereby the employee is satisfied to work for a certain period in a day without compromising with the time set aside for other critical duties outside work. WLB is essential in ensuring that employees do not donate free time to the organization without substantive compensation. Additionally, WLB gives an opportunity to employees for refreshing by spending time away from the pressures of work.
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