Work-Life Balance Essay

2530 Words Nov 22nd, 2012 11 Pages
Individual Essay: Work-life Balance
In today’s work environment a better balance between work and life is increasingly desired by workers. Desire for a better work-life balance has become one of the growing concerns in contemporary society (Wood and de Menezes (2010, p.1575). Therefore it is essential for organisations to incorporate work-life balance strategies with job design and employment policies. According to Wood and de Menezes (2010, p.1575), work-life practices have come to the front position of employment policies in a number of countries in the past ten years. Nankervis et al. (2011, p586) suggest that work-life balance (WLB) 'recognises that employees have different personal needs (e.g. childcare, ageing parents) which need to
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However there is a number of research arguing against this opinion. Pocock (2005) argues that there is no solid evidence demonstrating that work-life balance will increase the job motivation and retention of employees. According to Parkes and Langford (2008, p.279), there is a small positive connection between work-life balance and engagement such as organisation commitment and job satisfaction. However based on the results of research that were done by Wood and de Menezes (2010), the results prove that work-life balance contribute to enhance the correlation between organisational commitment and productivity, since a high friendly management can construct stronger relationships between organisational productivity and workforce commitment. Unfortunately, there is no evidence from the research of Wood and de Menezes (2010) showing that work-life balance has a connection with labour turnover. Therefore, work-life balance is able to increase workforce commitment, and then consequently increase productivity.

Heidtman and McGraw (2009) suggest that the aim of work-life balance programs is to help employed people to balance work and family life and to provide more autonomy. After examining the benefits of work-life balance, it is crucial for organisations to identify the factors that need to be considered when designing an effective work-life balance program. Pocock (2005) states that a key factor

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