Importance Of Work Life Balance

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Practices that are meant help employees better manage their work and non-work times are called in the literature as work-family policies, family-friendly or family-responsive Policies. In recent years, the term “work-life balance” has replaced what used to be known as “work-family balance”. This semantic shift arises from a recognition that childcare is by no means the only important non-work responsibility and the issue can be applies to any non-paid activities or commitments and to a diverse range of employees such as women, man, parents and non-parents singles and couples. Other life activities that need to be adjusted with employment may include study, travel, sport, intended work, personal development, leisure or eldercare. From the very beginning it is important to understand that work-life balance does not mean to devote an equal amounts of time to paid work and non-paid roles; in its widest sense, is defined as a satisfactory level of involvement or ‘fit’ between the multiple roles in a person’s life. Although definitions and explanations may vary, work-life balance is generally associated with equilibrium between the amount of time and effort somebody devotes to work and personal activities, in order to maintain an overall sense of harmony in life. To understand work-life balance, it is significant to be aware of the different demands upon us and our personal resources- our time and our energy- that we can deploy to address them. With the help of this awareness, we are able to review and value the choices we have in terms of how we allocate our precious resources. Such conscious decision-making provides a sense of control over our working arrangements in order to better accommodate other aspects of our lives, while stil... ... middle of paper ... ...age when one partner is on sick leave or holidays. For business with substantial numbers of administrative, maintenance or customer-facing employees, recommending flexible working conditions can be problematic. Where the hours of work are customer-driven, organizations face limitations on flexibility for employees, but this is the time when family-friendly programs such as child care would be of most benefit. An example of childcare support is Star City Casino in Sydney that provides a 24-hour childcare facility. Management believes this has helped both staff and the organization, Contextual factors that influenced the success of these work arrangements were management support and supportive organizational culture, the presence of formal human resource management practices regarding reduced work arrangements and assistance in the implementation of such arrangements.
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