Striking a meaningful work-life balance
According to the 3rd European Quality of Life Survey in 2011, 22 per cent of people in employment expressed dissatisfaction with their work-life balance. Many of them either left work too tired to do household jobs or found it difficult to concentrate at work because of family responsibilities.
This obviously suggests there are some real costs associated with workplaces that do not respond to the work-life concerns of their employees as the cumulative effects of poor work-life balance and stress are damaging.
Often companies delegate the responsibility for work-life balance to human resource departments which introduce work-life programmes that include practices such as flexitime or telework in an attempt to address the work-life issues of their employees. Such programmes however rarely help employees in striking a meaningful balance between their work and personal lives. Nevertheless, the ability of companies and employees to devise work-life balance solutions may be an increasingly important source of competitive advantage in the current business landscape.