WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS EMPLOYEE’S ISSUE & NOT AN ORGANIZATION. COMMENT By: Shivali Sharma HR
Work-life balance is a broad concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) on one hand and "life" (pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development) on the other. Related, though broader, terms include "lifestyle balance" and "life balance".
Research suggests that dual career families, single-parent families, & families with children under age five are likely to experience the most work & family conflicts.
Work-Life Balance is different for each of us as we all have different priorities and lives.
Re sponsibility of the e mployer
Companies have begun to realize how important the work-life balance is to the productivity and creativity of their employees.
Employers can offer a range of different programs and initiatives, such as flexible working arrangements in the form of part time, casual and telecommuting work.
Research by Kenexa Research Institute in 2007 shows that those employees who were more favorable toward their organization’s efforts to support work-life balance also indicated a much lower intent to leave the organization, greater pride in their organization, a willingness to recommend it as a place to work and higher overall job satisfaction.
An employee is a part of an organization. So an employee’s issue has to be the organizations too.
The German Deutsche Bank help employees to accomplish this include part-time working and telecommuting, job sharing, and time out during family circumstances (maximum twice, for periods of up to six months).
What an employee can do?
An employee should organize household tasks efficiently.
Limit time- consuming misunderstandings by communicating clearly and listening carefully.
Set aside time for an activity that you enjoy each day, such as walking, working out, or listening to music.