In the past decade, Dr. Duxbury has completed major study on Balancing Work and Family in the public, private Sectors and not for profit sectors; Management Support (What is it and Why does it Matter?); generational differences in work values; the impact of office technology such as email; employee well-being, work role overload and workforce change. Dr. Duxbury also conducts research which evaluates the organizational and individual impacts of E-mail, portable offices, smartphones, telework, flexible work arrangements and change management and studying what makes a “supportive” manager. She has completed three national studies (1991, 2001, 2012) on work-life balance in which over 70,000 Canadian employees participated. She has also just completed a major study on balancing work, childcare and eldercare (n = 5,000) and is currently working with the Conference Board of Canada on a study of how to motivate change in the development and implementation of policies and practices in support of balancing work and caregiving.
In addition, a lot of Dr. Duxbury’s research in recent years has been done in the police sector both in Canada and international. This research focuses on employee well-being and the sustainability of policing in Canada.
Dr. Duxbury has published widely in both the academic and practitioner literatures in the area of work-family conflict, change management, supportive work environments, employee wellbeing, role overload, telework, the use and impact of office technology, managing the new workforce and supportive management. She has also given over 500 plenary talks on these issues to public, private and not for profit sector audiences. Dr. Duxbury is also an accomplished trainer and speaker in the area of supportive work environments, work-life balance, employee well-being, managing the new workforce, and change management.
Dr. Duxbury has been studying the impact of COVID-19 on employee wellbeing since March 2020. Using funding from MITACS and SSHRC, and in partnership with the Ontario Mental Health Association and the Canadian Association of Police, Dr. Duxbury and her team have done weekly or biweekly interviews with 100 employed parents at three different points in time (wave one, wave two, wave three) which have allowed her team to track the impact of COVID-19 and the various government interventions on employee wellbeing over time. In partnership with the Conference Board of Canada, they have administered a survey (employee wellbeing in times of COVID-19) in which over 26,000 Canadian employees from across Canada have participated.
Dr. Duxbury is not accepting PhD and/or MSc students for the 2023-24 academic year.
Read more about the findings from Dr. Duxbury's research projects:
Study on Eldercare Issues in Canadian Organizations: Summary and Key Findings (2022)
Work, Family, Life During a Pandemic Wellbeing Report (2021)
Police in Schools: An Evidence-Based Look at the Use of School Resource Officers
2012 National Study on Balancing Work and Caregiving in Canada
2012 National Study of Work-Life Issues in Canadian Police Departments
2013 National Study on Work-Life Experiences of Employed Caregivers
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