An action learning intervention on work-family balance


  • John Molineux Deakin University
  • Rodney Carr Deakin University
  • Adam Fraser The Energy Factory


Action learning, positive psychology, work-family balance, mind-state, mindfulness, intervention, boundary theory


The purpose of this paper is to explore the impact of an action learning intervention using positive psychological techniques to impact work-family balance. It draws on theory and practice from positive psychology and action learning interventions. The research reported in this paper is exploratory in nature and utilizes a positive psychological intervention, the Third Space, with several organizational groups. Participants in the groups were given time to discuss and operationalize their ideas about it with colleagues, and then commit to take action appropriate to their work and family contexts. Survey data was gathered from attendees prior to workshops and again approximately five weeks after the workshops. The results suggest that, on average, exposure to the ideas in the workshops may have led employees to develop a more positive mind-state and improved perception of work-family balance.

Author Biographies

John Molineux, Deakin University

Dr John Molineux is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Deakin University. His PhD from Monash University, awarded in 2006, involved an action research organisational cultural change intervention in a large government agency. John has over 30 years experience in HR management and a further 10 years as an academic. His current research involves performance and wellbeing interventions for professional employees.

Rodney Carr, Deakin University

Dr Rodney Carr is an adjunct researcher with Deakin University. He retired from full-time work a few years ago after a successful academic career, but maintains a strong interest in research, particularly research involved in human flourishing.

Adam Fraser, The Energy Factory

Dr Adam Fraser is a human performance researcher and consultant. He is Director of The Energy Factory. Adam has written several books, and is in demand as a facilitator and public speaker. He facilitaties an action learning program titled The Flourish Movement that has enabled hundreds of school principals in Australia to improve their performance and wellbeing.



How to Cite

Molineux, J., Carr, R., & Fraser, A. (2020). An action learning intervention on work-family balance. Action Learning and Action Research Journal, 26(2), 77–106. Retrieved from