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Title: The Work/Life Balance Dilemma


1
The Work/Life Balance Dilemma
HRPYR Topic by Table
Thursday, April 17, 2008
2
Definition of Work Life Balance
  • Work life balance is a misnomer.
  • Preferred definitions are as follows
  • work life integration
  • life balance
  • We need to acknowledge that definitions of work
    life balance are different amongst individuals
    and to a large extent is an individual matter
    related to career stage, level of
    conscientiousness, ability to cope with stress,
    etc.

3
Why is work life balance important?
  • Retention
  • Attraction
  • More and more people are factoring work life
    balance as an issue in accepting a job

4
Our Discussion
  • Work life balance has to extend from the
    leadership downwards.
  • There needs to be an understanding amongst
    leaders that they are a role model for employees.
  • Workplace practices and work place culture are
    the drivers of work life balance.
  • The size of the organization and the industry
    sector are not critical considerations in work
    life balance initiatives.
  • While we talk about work life balance we do not
    train managers and supervisors about how to
    identify and or respond to work life balance
    issues.
  • Different employee groups have different
    expectations regarding work life balance, for
    example Gen Yers are more likely to make work
    life balance an issue whereas boomer employees
    are more likely to do as they are told and not
    raise the issue.
  • Regarding the reluctance to bring up work life
    issues, people often feel that if they raise the
    issue of work life balance they may be perceived
    as incompetent and not up to doing the job.

5
Whose Responsibility is it?
  • Responsibility for work life balance is shared
    between the employer and employee with the larger
    part of responsibility resting with the employee.
  • Some people feel it is 100 with the employee.
  • Others felt it ranged anywhere from 50 50 to 80
    20 employee employee.

6
References
  • An Examination of Regional Differences in Work
    Life Practices by Dr. Linda Duxbury, Dr.Chris
    Higgins
  • www.cprn.org/documents/36382_en.pdf
  • Best Advice on Stress by Dr. Martin Shain
  • www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/occup-travail/stress
    -part-1/index_e.html - 15k -

7
Please contact Margaret at (905) 874-1035
extension 432 or at mcernigoj_at_theemployerschoice.c
om with any questions you may have.
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