Work Life Balance In The Workplace

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Work-life balance has become an area of increased importance to employees as well as employers in recent times. Employees need to balance work and non-work roles and employers require it to increase productively and reduce cost (Abbott & De Cieri, 2008). An organizations' need to attract and retain valued employees in a highly competitive labour market and also to improve on their level of productivity is a strong motivating factor for increased organizational awareness and action with regards to human resources policies and practices that address work-life balance. This implies that if an organization wants to achieve its goals, it has the responsibility of making sure that employees feel important to the organization. One important tool used…show more content…
A successful Work-life Balance strategy reduces level of stress, conflict and raises job and family satisfaction in the employee while increasing productivity and decreasing healthcare costs for the employer. Therefore, this is an attempt to contribute to the literature by exploring the current understanding of and attitude towards the issue of work-life balance practices among employees in Nigeria Police Force. Work life balance has become crucial over the years within every structured organization as a result of the increasing complexity of employee tasks and the increasing demand for employee work hours. Ideally, the WLB concept requires organizations to effectively integrate employees’ work and non-work roles such that levels of multiple-role conflict, and the associated stress and job-dissatisfaction, are minimized or avoided (De Bruin & Dupuis, 2004; Greenblatt,…show more content…
Where employees are unable to suitably balance work and family life, they tend to find it difficult to manage tasks at the workplace and this subsequently shrinks productivity. Historically, Work-Life Balance practices were potentially high profile topical issues in most advanced economies such as U.S.A, Australia and diverse European contexts and it is common in such western countries that employees are required to consolidate their efforts in finding the right mix between their work and non-work roles while organizations are scrutinized to implement a variety of WLB solutions such as flexible working, job sharing, telecommuting, compressed hours, part-time, maternity benefits and so on to foster workplace performance. However, despite the robust frameworks of WLB practices in this developed countries, there still exist growing gaps between the ideal and the real WLB situations in this advanced regions due to social, economic and labour-market pressures manifesting through long working hours culture, changing demographics and global recessions which is still rendering negative spillovers in people’s work-life integration (Bond 2004; Crompton, Lyonette 2006; Sanse´au, Smith

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