Investigating the Impact of Safe, Healthy, and Quality Environment Practices in Textile Industry of Pakistan:
A Commitment Towards Sustainable Development
Keywords:Quality of work-life (QWL), healthy and conducive work environment (HCW), sustainable development goals (SDGs), firm performance, structured equation modeling (SEM)
This paper aims at analyzing the impact of the quality of work-life (QWL) regime comprising the standard operating practices related to workers’ health, safety, and better environment on the performance of textile firms in Pakistan. Data for the study were collected through a response mechanism by distributing structured questionnaires among five hundred and four (504) workers in the textile manufacturing firms at various industrial zones in five major cities of Karachi, Islamabad, Multan, Lahore, and Faisalabad. The analysis was conducted through Partial Least Squares (PLS) based on Structural Equation Modeling (SEM). Results of the study reveal that a healthy and conducive work environment (HCW) invariably improves employees’ performance. These include health practices and more rest hours during work and flexible working hours so the workers can work efficiently according to their abilities. Likewise, providing a smoke-free work environment tends to help workers to perform well at the workplace. Thus, workers are motivated to use their best efforts for firms’ optimal benefit.