Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Management (BBA)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. David Sikora


Within the field of Human Resource Management, the topic of work-life balance has been of interest as a way to maintain satisfied employees by companies and reduce burnout for individuals. This study aims to develop a deeper understanding in the area of work-life balance. The current research shows gaps in the relationship between the actions of college students and the work-life balance they achieve in their future career. This study shows how a college student’s propensity to work-life balance can affect their future balance between work and home and if college students have the propensity to think about their future work-life balance. It also fills this gap by looking at the relationship between the work-play balance (i.e., time spent on school versus time spent for leisure) a person has during their time in college and the work-life balance (i.e., time spent on work versus time spent at home) during their career. Finally, this study found that the Big Five personality inventory can be used to predict a person’s work-life balance, with the areas of conscientiousness, agreeableness, and neuroticism being the best predictors.