When we consider the issue of work-life balance everyone questioned will have a different opinion dependant on but not limited to: their work ethics, money, family, culture and job role. In other words what you consider a good work-life balance will not be the same as someone else. So from a corporate point of view how does a company make sure it's employees are getting that balance?

Work-life balance affects the productivity and creativity of employees. Employers that support this balance show lower numbers leaving their organisation, employees who have greater pride in their company, a willingness to recommend it as a place to work and higher overall job satisfaction. As well as benefit packages Employers offer a variety of different incentives to their employees: unsociable hours pay; compensation leave for time away from home; overtime pay; gyms at work and some companies also provide crèches. So work and home begin to blend, in fact with modern technology we never truly disconnect from work, the flashing light on a Blackberry is hypnotic and begs to be looked at. At what point is it acceptable to turn it off? An evening out? At the weekend? On holiday?

To strike the right balance Employers can offer a range of different programs and initiatives, such as flexible working arrangements and telecommuting work. More proactive employers can provide compulsory leave periods, strict maximum hours and foster an environment that encourages employees not to continue working after hours. Studies show that the solution to balance lies in four components: work, home, community and self. This paper will look at the latest research into work-life balance, to attempt to discern what both employer and employee can do to achieve it and maintain it.

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