Honors College Theses




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.