Work Life Balance in Fast-Paced Information Technology Companies

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Work-Life Balance in Fast-Paced Information Technology Companies Introduction In some countries such as France and Denmark, there is a great deal of emphasis on ensuring citizens enjoy an appropriate balance between the demands of their jobs and their personal lives through governmental and private sector programs. In other countries, though, such as Japan and the United States, employees may not enjoy the same level and type of support from their society and organization for their work-life needs, placing increased levels of stress on them in ways that are detrimental to day-to-day productivity and overall performance and job satisfaction. These are especially salient issues in information technology companies where the fast-paced nature of the business places enormous pressures on knowledge workers to innovate or perish. To determine what types of work-life problems are common in the information technology workplace and how companies can respond to these issues, this paper provides a review of the relevant peer-reviewed and scholarly literature to identify the problem concerning work-life balance issues in general and how they affect the information technology workplace in particular, followed by an analysis of current best practices. A discussion concerning the options that are available to information technology firms is followed by recommendations for practice. Finally, a summary of the research and important findings are presented in the conclusion. Review and

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