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Work–life balance is a concept including proper
prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition)
and "lifestyle"(Health, pleasure, leisure,
family and spiritual development/meditation).
Personal resource supply
Choice of allocation
Demands on our
Choice of allocation
to non work
Non work demands
Work life balance means spending 50% of your
time at work and 50% of your time at home
Work life balance occurs when individuals with a
finite amount of mental, physical and emotional
resources allocate those resources in way that
corresponds their personal and/or professional
Annual Career Builder survey finds that 1/3 of
men would quit their jobs to stay at home if they
could afford that
Many studies have found that there is no gender
differences in experience of work life conflict
Men and women are both affected by non work
and work demands
Findings in relation to gender differences in work
and non work domains are often weak or
Work life balance is synonymous with workfamily balance or family support
Equating work life balance and family support as
synonymous assumes only those with families
Can lead to backlash to single employees or
employees without children
Research on singles friendly culture is a response
to this backlash
Does not mean an equal balance. Trying to
schedule an equal number of hours for each
of your various work and personal activities is
usually unrewarding and unrealistic.
Will vary over time, often on a daily basis. The
right balance for you today will probably be
different for you tomorrow. The right balance
for you when you are single will be different
when you marry.
There is no perfect, one-size fits all, balance
you should be striving for. The best work-life
balance is different for each of us because we
all have different priorities and different lives.
An effective work-life balance definition has
two key everyday concepts that are relevant
to each of us. They are daily Achievement and
A sense of well being
All the joys of living…….
Work life balance is…
Achievement & Enjoyment in
Defining Work- life balance….
Meaningful daily achievement and enjoyment in each of the four life quadrants:
The Mathematician's View
A balanced life is one where we spread our energy and effort - emotional, intellectual,
imaginative, spiritual and physical – between key areas of
The Analyst View
A wheel has spokes to ensure its strength and balance. Unequal spokes can make
the ride very bumpy, or completely break down
• Balance is elusive and
difficult to maintain.
constantly made, with the
scales of balance shifting
along with the occasional
long workday or work
obligations, or any one of a
number of life’s little
2 out of every 5 employees
are dissatisfied with the
balance between their work
and personal lives
The lack of balance is due
Long work hours
More time in the car
Deterioration of boundaries
between work and home
“No one can have everything and do everything
at the same time”
The inability to balance work and family
demands has been linked to :reduced work performance
At work you can create your own best WorkLife Balance by making sure you not only
Achieve, but also reflect the joy of the job, and
the joy of life, every day.
If nobody pats you on the back, pat yourself
on the back. And help others to do the same.
When you are a person that not only gets
things done, but also enjoys the doing, it
attracts people to you.
They want you on their team and they want to
be on your team.
It is nothing….but giving yourself
PERMISSION to have more integration
between your professional and
Reasons for Imbalance
• Individual Career
So how do we go about achieving the Work-Life Balance ?
No cookie cutter solution.
Each person has his/ her own formula defining the composition of career, family,
friends and self into their integrated whole.
When people's lives are out of balance they are unable to identify the obvious options
for themselves and their families
Be Selfish Yourself First
U are no good to anyone if U yourself are indisposed
Focus on whatever u are doing.
Maximize your productivity at work and don’t let unfinished business carry over into
your personal time.
Always put in your best effort.. Even if its not your core competence
Disorganisation is the theft of time.
Try to manage your day, instead of having the day manage you.
Use technologies like PDA to offload the stress of remembering
Lists invariably become lengthy. Identify those which contribute towards a balance between
work and life
Why invite stress to build up. It is only a compounding multiplier leading you in one
Change is imminent. Those who accept this and work around change are the most
productive, best-adjusted individuals
Plan, but do not run your life on a time table. Its important to prioritise, but be mindful
that nothing is static
Don't be a slave to your e-mail or to phone calls
With Technological advances … peoples expectation of response has risen
The need to be needed is addictive
One needs 'downtime' to refresh mentally, emotionally or physically.
Know your weakness and strengths
Improve your skills as necessary to enhance your productivity and reduce your stress.
Be forgiving, especially of yourself.
You are human. You will make mistakes and fall short of the ideal, including your own.
Don't wallow in guilt. Learn from your mistakes.
Set boundaries and learn to say no.
Being a good employee, spouse, parent, and friend doesn't mean blindly giving into
everyone else's demands and spending all your time and energy doing for others as
are the fertile soil
from which all
achievement in real
Don’t let that day come for your loved ones without telling them what they mean
Hang out with your family or treasured friends. Talk to them. Listen to them.
Understand them. Spending a little time with someone shows that you care, shows
that they are important enough that you’ve chosen — out of all the things to do on
your busy schedule — to find the time for them.
Value the relationships
Truly connect with lovable ones through good conversation. Many times its our
actions, not just our words, that really speak what our hearts feel.
Taking the time to connect with those you love will bring you true happiness.
The more you do it, the happier you’ll be.
Chose the right team members, better
than yourself … invest time in the
Know your team members, colleagues
& supervisors … their strengths and
Monitor initial engagements .. Just like
a life guard monitors new swimmers
Trust them and delegate … make
yourself dispensable, so that u can play
a larger role in strategic initiatives and
career development of team members
Don’t try to soldier along on your own without asking for help … it can only result
in a sense of isolation, martyrdom and exhaustion.
Take time for yourself. This may sound difficult for people who believe they are in
very responsible position … who think they are indispensable.
Find opportunities within the busy work schedule
Take more Frequent though short breaks
Establish good, supportive relationships, both at work and home.
Give up the hesitation of knowing your colleagues better.
Its important to foster real teamwork and create an environment in which employees
respect and are willing to assist each other.
Children frequently enjoy being a useful member of the family - especially if they
understand the importance of it.
Try the Home working (tele working) model to address those pressing personal/
Worry , but only to the point it helps
To focus on how to successfully combine work, family relationships
and leisure time into a satisfying life.
– To create a skill set that enhances the ability to evaluate priorities,
focus on the big picture and use long range planning
» Use prioritizing and organizational skills to make sense out of
• Determining Your Priorities
What are the essential components to a quality
What are you truly passionate about in life?
What do you value most?
Rank order these areas of your life according to
the amount of time and energy you spend on
Prioritizing the tasks and planning the activities can help to take
out some free time which can be utilized for other purposes.
TIME MANAGEMENT is one of the best solutions which can help
to reduce the imbalance between the personal and the work life
of the employees.
Learn how to say
as well as
It’s easier to say no to unwanted tasks if you’ve
already committed to something you do want to
as well as your
Set a schedule for being physically elsewhere and unavailable,
and stick to it.
LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING
as well as
ALL OF ONE THING
Master the art of multitasking.
as well as your
Many activities, small and large, are the steps that lead to
Work until your
TIME IS UP
as well as until your
TASK IS DONE
Approach every task with the goal of making progress during a
specific amount of time, then move on to the next task to
maintain forward momentum.
Bring some of your
HOME TO WORK
well as some of your
WORK TO HOME
You live in both worlds; look for ways to bring them together
INTEGRATE YOUR PROFESSIONAL AND
as well as to
SEPARATE WORK AND PLAY
Doing so can maximize your effectiveness and satisfaction in
Tips from corporate
WORK NEAR HOME
“Try to cut down the commuting time.” says Pushkar Singh
Kataria, 38,VP,group HR, Vedanta Resources. At
lunch hour he heads home-10 minutes from his
ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKING CAN WAIT
Curb checking your Facebook profile or professional
network account to set a time during the day or
week. “You can save time and spend it on yourself,” says
Anita Belani, country head, Russel Reynolds.
Indulge yourself. Spend a couple of hours in the
garden, play with children, or cook. Get 7 to 8
hours of sleep every night. “Pamper yourself a little
more every day and you’ll see a big payoff at work and
home.” says Gurmeet Singh, area director, India
Maldives, Mariott Hotels.
o Surveys of employees’ work/life issues.
o Set priorities for all work.
o Train line managers to recognize signs of
o Seminars on work/life balance.
Make Work More Flexible
o Job sharing
o Sponsoring employees’ family-oriented activities.
Allow for Time Off from Work
o A formal leave policy.
o Paid childbirth or adoption leave.
o Allow employees to take leave for community
• Number of hours an employee is expected to
work per week.
• Few companies expect extra hours without
compensation and some pay.
• Leave given to fathers
• To standardize the rights of employees to have
Basically for dual income households
In-house child care facilities
After school programs
Subsidised child care
• Companies have different norms for vacation
• Seniority receive more vacations
• Additional vacation time as a reward of good
• Allow employees in white collar jobs to work
• Allow employees to spend less time commuting
• Makes the schedule flexible
• Increased individual
• Better team work and
• Improved morale
• Less negative organizational
• More value and balance in
• Better understanding of
work life balance
• Improved on-the-job and
• Reduced stress
Benefits of WLB at work
• Feel more rested and energized
• Working more productively and get more
accomplished, leading to greater career success.
• More fulfillment from work.
Benefits of WLB in life
• Improving relationships with family and friends.
• Better physical and mental health.
• Making choices about your priorities, rather
than sacrifice any.
• More leisure time to spend with loved ones, or
time for yourself.
Free membership to children of all IBMers to the GenieKids Resource center
through out the year - The Resource Center houses a library, activity based games,
pottery classes, computer classes etc.
IBM employees can also attend Parenting Workshops at the Resource Center,
covering topics like "Developing Child's Intelligence", "Communicating towards
better parenting", "Developing parent child relationships", at discounted rates
through out the year
Incorporated family events into its employee calendars, with social gatherings or
outings where the whole family comes together.
Mandatory number of holidays, discounted gym and saloon memberships and
even in-house work-life effectiveness managers and career counselors are all
attempts by Accenture to counter stress and maintain the work life balance.
o Staff expect greater freedom, flexibility and cooperation from their employer than ever before.
o great opportunity to challenge dated perceptions of
working patterns, particularly the notion that the
number of hours worked by an individual or team is,
itself, a fair reflection of their effectiveness.
o seeks to recognize the need to balance the need for
excellent client delivery whilst adopting industry
preferred practice people management.
o Employees are eligible to apply for flexible working and have the right to
appeal if their request is declined.
o supports the right of employees to take time off work to deal with child
o care and family duties and has various policies and procedures in place to
deal with such instances.
o The firm’s intranet hosts a policy document and has been developed for
flexible working offerings, supported by comprehensive toolkits, checklists,
guidelines, a flexible working calculator and real-life case studies.
o Line managers in the business work together with HR to evaluate requests.
o Requests to work flexibly are e-enabled, so that we can easily monitor
applications received, accepted and declined and to help identify industry
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• The challenge
• Being First Choice for People is essential if Morgan Stanley is to attain its
goal of being First Choice for Clients. Consequently, Morgan Stanley
wants to provide the best possible environment for its employees.
• Morgan Stanley is committed to working towards greater flexibility and
greater freedom of choice in work-life balance decisions.
• developed Balanceworks, a programme to provide employees with
services and policies designed to give additional support for managing
their increasingly demanding lives.
o FLEXOPT policy providing employees with a
range of flexible working arrangements;
o Employee portal offering a range of services to
help employees manage day to day needs;
o Internal employee networks, which are
support and/or affinity groups;
o On-site fitness centre &
occupational health services;
Employee Assistance Programme;
Generous maternity leave policy;
Emergency nursery places;
FACTS OF WLB
Finding a ‘perfect’ balance between work and
life is rare.
The nature of that balance is different for every
person, and changes over time for each person.
So one shouldn’t strive for perfection, but to
constantly be aware of making choices that will
benefit all aspects of our lives.
In the end, the key word is balance.
– Find the right balance that works for you
– Celebrate your successes and don’t dwell on your failures.
– Life is a process .. and so is striving for balance in your life.