The past month has been dense with public holidays allowing us all to spend more time with our families and friends. With Easter, ANZAC Day, Labour Day and Eid ul Fitr (falling on a public holiday for the first time in years) and emerging from the effects of COVID restrictions, family and work balance is more than ever at the centre of our thinking.  So this year the UN’s International Day of Families on the 15th May, is particularly timely. 

Coincidentally or not, Griffith Research Online (GRO) has seen a significant increase in interest for research at the intersection of work and family. Of the nearly 115,000 research publications available from Griffith University research, the top 50 most popular items included discussions of work-life balance, the connection between job satisfaction and family enrichment, feminist labour movements and depictions of women’s roles.   

Examples of all four discussions are openly available: 

Work–Life Balance: Definitions, Causes, and Consequences  

Enhancing job satisfaction through work-family enrichment and perceived supervisor support: the case of Australian social workers  

Still working for the man? Women’s employment experiences in Australia since 1950  

The Three Faces of Eve: The Post-war Housewife, Melodrama, and Home  

As we move from Labour Day towards the International Day of Families, it can be interesting to explore the studied interactions between work and family from Griffith researchers, particularly through the lenses of gender, ability and location.  

Griffith University continues to a be an Australian leader in research with a drive towards improving our understanding of the world and people’s lives. Griffith researchers are at the forefront of discovery and open access to Griffith Research Online allows people from all over the world to discover their works. Explore these topics and your own interests online through GRO.