Work Life Balance

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Work Life Balance

Course: Business Management
Module: 1BM050 Managing People

Section Instructor: Janet Astley

Student name: Chung Ning Johnny, CHENG
Student ID: 090006463

CONTENT
Introduction………………………………………………………………...2 The concept and theory of work/life balance………………………………………….3 How important for an employees to have a good or poor work life balance……….....5 What organization do to improve work life balance of their employees……………...8 My Own Experience………………………………………………………………….11 Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………12 Reference……………………………………………………………………………..13

Introduction
This essay will be looking at three main areas, first part of the essay will be about the concept of work life balance, and what are the main ideas of work life balance, in the second part, it will be mainly focusing on the reasons and the rising of work life balance, and the point of view of both employers and employees, and last, will be discussing on how organization and company could improve and help their employees to balance between their work and life

The concept and theory of work/life balance
Work/ life balance, is one of the major problem through out history, one of the main reason is because many companies specially office, are giving so much work to employees that could not possibly finish during a day, in order to complete the given work, the employees most likely have to start the work very early and stay in the office very late or even bring the work home to finish it. Although they can finish the given task, but it won’t benefit the employees due to the stress and pressure they giant from the extra works, for example. A business company have a marketing project that have to be done within days or weeks, which will take a team of 10 members of employees, but if the company have lag of employees to finish the project, those who are working on it will have to work extra on it with extra energy and extra time, another example, a travel company most likely will need some employees to travel around, and those employees will be kept away from their families and friends for days, weeks, or even a month.

Second reason is that, have a good balance between work and life is one of the key element to motivate and influence employees, a good or a poor work life balance, will highly effect the employees attitude and motivation towards their works, which also will highly affect the quality of their works. For example, if employees build up too much stress from their works, it will most likely affect their emotion and behavior and become abominable, and affect the quality and productivity of the employees as well as the company. ( HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL (2005) p.99)

“Work life balance is about people having a measure of control from When, Where and how they work. It is achieved when an individual’s right to a fulfilled life inside and outside paid work is accepted and respected as the norm, to the mutual benefit of the individual, business and society.” (http://www.cummunitybusiness.org.hk/focuss_areas/WLB.html, access on 11/10/2010 ) Every employees have there very own unique way of life, there for, work life balance is not a fix solution for every employees, it is nearly impossible to set up an equal balance between working hours and their own life, since it will change from time to time, the right work life balance for you today, maybe different for tomorrow, base on the jobs you are working now, it will be totally different when the person is working as a part time job, full time job, a student, single or married. “ the core of an effective work life balance definition are two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each us, they are daily achievement and enjoyment, ideas almost deceptive in their simplicity.” (Jim Bird Publisher. Worklifebalance.com 2003).

How important for an employees to have a good or poor work life balance

Nowadays, many employers understand the important of work life balance for their...
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