Essays on Work-Life Balance Concept Coursework

Download full paperFile format: .doc, available for editing

The paper "Work-Life Balance Concept" is an outstanding example of management coursework.   Work-life balance entails good functioning and satisfaction at work with a minimum of role conflict. Flexibility and work-life balance have been a major concern for those interested in working life quality and its link to the wider quality of life. Flexibility and work-life balance are about improving organizational resilience and ability by assisting employees to attain a sustainable balance between life, family, and work. Work-life balance supports the efforts of workers to split their energy and time amid work and other crucial life aspects.

Employers who establish procedures, policies, expectations, assist work-life balance and flexibility and actions that allow workers to pursue a more balanced life between work and other life commitments. This essay discusses whether the entire paradigm of flexible working arrangement has changed into something a little negative where employers benefit by getting more out of a few employees. The essay assesses the implications of excessive working hours for employees and managers performance besides underlining the ways in which firms can ensure the work-life balance during the economic downturn.

The essay contends that most organisations embrace the Taylorism approach where they chain employees to their desks and turn the wick up under them to get more out of them, but this approach holds detriment effects on employees’ health and performance. Flexible work programs refer to the work arrangements where workers are provided with greater scheduling autonomy on how they fulfil their work obligations. There are different types of flexible working arrangements that include part-time working, overtime, job sharing, shift working, and flexitime. Flexitime allows workers to select within the set limit when to start and finish work.

In flexitime, employees are needed to work during core times and accomplish agreed hours (Cumming 2004, p. 75). Flexitime is applicable to the office-based staff below the managerial level in both the private and public sectors. Part-time employees often work in the service sectors such as restaurants, hotels, health, and social work and warehouses. The employment of part-time employees may prompt higher training, recruitment, and administrative costs.  



Abbott, J & De Cieri, H 2008, ‘ Influences on the provision of work-life benefits: Management and employee perspectives’, Journal of Management & Organisation, vol.14, no.3, pp.303-322.

Aggrawal, A 2014. International conference on management of globalised business: Emerging perspectives. USA:

Buxton, T., Chapman, P & Temple, P 2005. Britain’s economic performance. UK: Routledge.

Cumming, S 2004. HR networking: Retention. USA: CCH Incorporated.

Gregory, A, Milner, S & Windebank, J 2013, ‘Work-life balance in times of economic crisis and austerity’, International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol.33, no.10, pp.528-541.

Kramar et al.2014, ‘Flexibility and work-life balance: who benefits’, in Kramar et al (5th eds), Human Resource Management in Australia, McGraw-Hill, Australia, pp.315-316

Malone, E & Issa, R 2013, ‘Work-life balance and organisational commitment of women in the U.S. construction industry’, Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practices, vol.139, no, 2, pp.87-98.

Mathur, P & Audichya, S 2013, ‘Work stress and employee performance of public sector bank employees: A study of Udaipur city’, International Journal of Organisational Behaviour & Management Perspectives, vol.2, no.2, pp.335-340.

Nienhuser, W 2005. Flexible-Atypical work: Precarious work. India: Rainer Hampp Verlag.

Reilly, N, Sirgy, J & Gorman, A 2012. Work and quality of life: Ethical practices in organisations, UK: Springer Science & Business Media.

Romer, C 2011. Work-life balance and the economic of workplace flexibility. India: DIANE Publishing.

Schermerhorn, J 2011. Exploring management. UK: John Wile & Sons.

Shah et al.2011,’ Workload and performance of employees’, Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business, vol.3, no.5, pp. 256-267.

Sutherland, V, Cooper, C & Bond, F 2010. Organisational stress management: A strategic approach. Australia: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sutherland, V, Cooper, C & Bond, F 2010. Organisational stress management: A strategic approach, USA: Palgrave Macmillan.

Winfield, P, Bishop, R & Porter, K 2007. Core management for HR students and practitioners.UK: Routledge.

Download full paperFile format: .doc, available for editing
Contact Us