College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Struggles between work life balance often result in lower levels of job and life satisfaction, and higher rates of inefficiency and employee turnover, with varying impact on employees based on seniority, gender and parenthood. Policies such as paid parental leave have shown positive effects on work life balance, but there is a lack of information on leave policies within the American construction industry. Focusing on California, this research aimed to determine employee's understanding, use and acceptance of these leave policies. Using a survey, we gain a better understanding of these goals. Rates of confidence in knowledge of paternal and family leave policies were equal among both genders, however women were more confident in their knowledge of their company’s maternity leave policy then men. These confidence rates for all policies rise further among parents. As a trend among all leave policies, individuals see peers take parental and family leave more often than their supervisors. In questions looking at support and acceptability of personal leave policy use, all women who did not have children responded strongly agree to all questions. Mothers responded to these same questions with a greater variety of responses including disagree. This data shows that HR professionals and upper management should focus on employee understanding leave of rights as well as creating a positive and supportive culture around the use of these leave policies.