Work-Life Balance

February 11, 2013

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Achieving Work-Life Balance

What is work-life balance?

Work-life balance refers to the challenge many people experience when trying to balance the demands of work and home.  Work-life balance is one aspect of comprehensive workplace health and is greatly influenced by the culture of an organization.

Why is work-life balance an important issue?

Work-life balance is an issue that is becoming of increasing concern to employers and employees alike.  As work becomes more demanding and family commitments more pressing, employees are becoming increasingly stressed and less productive at work.  According to The Vanier Institute of the Family, the inability to balance work and life results in “reduced work performance, increased absenteeism, higher turnover rates, and poor morale”.

Across Canada, in the last decade:

It makes sense for employers to implement programs that address work-life balance for their employees.  Given that employees spend more than half of their waking hours at work, the workplace environment greatly impacts the health of employees.  The workplace is considered to be a key factor in determining one’s health status and can have a positive or negative influence, depending on the workplace environment and initiatives in place.  Employers who support their employees in achieving work-life balance can positively influence the health of employees, allowing them to be more productive both at work and at home.