Do Decent Working Conditions Contribute to Work–Life Balance: A Study of Small Enterprises in Bangladesh

Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2018

15 Pages Posted: 9 May 2020

See all articles by A H M Belayeth Hussain

A H M Belayeth Hussain

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Noraida Endut

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this study was to explore the contributions of decent work situation to work–life balance of small entrepreneurs. The survey was conducted to uncover the degree and magnitude of essential decent work indicators that can aid the work–life balance situation of small ventures.

Design/methodology/approach – The study utilized a survey research design and used a five-point Likert type questionnaire to investigate the research questions. Each construct of the scale has its corresponding items, which were measured specifically. To analyze the latent variables, partial least square (PLS)–structural equation modelling with Smart PLS application was used.

Findings – The findings of this study reveal that social dialogue and stability and security of enterprise have the most significant effects in ensuring work–life balance of an enterprise. Additionally, social dialogue among entrepreneurs has influence in maintaining decent working hours and fair treatment at workplace.

Originality/value – The value of this study lies in exploring a new dimension of analyzing working conditions in informal sector economy such as small enterprises. Because this research aims to study ventures that are financed by the micro-credit institution, whether social financing plays a role in improving work–life balance situation through empowering decent working conditions can be investigated.

Keywords: Decent Work, Entrepreneurship, Small Enterprise, Work–Life Balance

JEL Classification: J8, J81, J28, J46

Suggested Citation

Hussain, A H M Belayeth and Endut, Noraida, Do Decent Working Conditions Contribute to Work–Life Balance: A Study of Small Enterprises in Bangladesh (2017). Asia Pacific Journal of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3576541

A H M Belayeth Hussain (Contact Author)

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) ( email )

School of Social Sciences
Building C02
Penang, 11800
Malaysia

Noraida Endut

Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) ( email )

Jalan Sungai Dua
Minden, Penang 11800
Malaysia

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