Work-Life Balance : a Comparative Study of South-East Asian Countries

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ABSTRACT
TITLE : Work-life balance : A comparative study of South-East Asian Countries
Work-life balance is a concept that has demanded attention for several years. It is highly relevant as people attempt to divide time to the myriad demands of both work and life. The multiplicity of demands that individuals have can increase this challenge as people strive to incorporate many more activities into lives. Previous empirical research has examined work-life balance in depth.

The research includes a focus on
• workplace policies;
• attitudes of men and women at work and at home; and
• social policies designed to address these issues.

The paper provides an overview of the latest research findings, policies and instruments in
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Conversely, outside formal, paid employment, there is unpaid work, like caring responsibilities, cooking, cleaning, etc. and leisure time is just a fantasy (Collins 2007).

WLB is a much broader concept requiring attention not just of married, with children couples or working mothers but of working individuals at large. Competitive and customer pressures have forced companies to rationalize and restructure, and as a consequence less people have to do more work (Poelmans, Kalliath & Brough 2008)..

All of these terms make the concept restrictive by their focus on only women with families. Focus on single individuals and those without caring responsibilities (of children or elders) though present is extremely limited. Ransome (2007) introduced what he called “total responsibility burden” which includes “recreational labor”. This acknowledges the fact that individuals need to express and satisfy their need for enjoyment and leisure. On the converse, outside formal, paid employment, there is unpaid work, like caring responsibilities, cooking, cleaning, etc. and leisure time is just a fantasy. (Collins 2007).

Competitive and customer pressures have forced companies to rationalize and restructure, and as a consequence less people have to do more work (Poelmans, Kalliath & Brough 2008). WLB should not only mean a balance between work and family but between work and the rest of life activities.

By relating WLB to career stage, Sturges (2008) includes younger

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