Work Life Balance Hrm

2282 WordsFeb 13, 200910 Pages
Work life balance What are the benefits and barriers associated with the achievement of a work – life balance for employees and employers? This essay explores the importance of the achievement of a work-life balance and the issues which can be faced when initiatives to achieve such a balance are implemented. One issue surrounding the concept is that ‘work life balance’ is often loosely defined as simply referring to the balance between an individuals time spent at work and on home life. In fact employees are usually monitored on various factors including their attention whilst at work. ‘Central to definitions of work-life balance then is the notion that the modern employment relationship is a negotiation to establish the boundaries…show more content…
(Wood, S. 1999). For example Littlewoods was one of the 1999 Employer of the Yeah winners and perceived benefits to include enhanced corporate image. They also listed increased staff loyalty and commitment and reduced staff turnover thus reduced retraining costs which highlights another benefit for the company. Generally speaking it is safe to assume happy staff, both in work and out, are much more likely to be well motivated hard working individuals which will lead to higher productivity; another benefit reported by Littlewoods which would likely generalise to most organisations. The long hour’s culture, combined with increased intensification of work and various other factors can cause stress which knows no boundaries. While some stress can stimulate and motivate us too much can lead to negative effects on both the quality of an individuals work and on their personal life. This factor alone shows achieving a desirable work-life balance should ultimately benefit both employers and employees. ‘46% or workers and 70% of managers believe that stress is a huge and growing problem in the work place’ (Bloisi, W. 2003). Stress can lead to many mental or physical health problems; therefore it is in the interest of all concerned to reduce it. An example of am organisation tackling this issue, and others, is Pricewaterhouse and Cooper’s lifestyle intranet. It encourages employees to discuss and gives
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