World Applied Sciences Journal 24 (10): 1348-1354, 2013 ISSN 1818-4952 © IDOSI Publications, 2013 DOI: 10.5829/idosi.wasj.2013.24.10.2593
Work-Life Balance: What Organizations Should do to Create Balance?
Jamil Anwar, 1SAF Hasnu and 2Saquib Yusaf Janjua
Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan
Submitted: Jul 23, 2013; Accepted: Sep 2, 2013; Published: Sep 15, 2013
Abstract: Ignoring personal, family and social aspects and increasing emphasis towards financial bottom lines has created an imbalance in the life of the ...view middle of the document...
This has created an imbalance in the life of the workers. The result is the stress in life, family breakdown, social distortions and low performance of the organizations. We all have different roles in our life; we are fathers, sons, breadwinners, husbands, wives, mothers, CEOs, bosses and members of social clubs etc. Imbalance is created when we perform well in one or more of our roles at the sacrifice of some other equally important roles like someone who is a good businessman but a poor father or someone who is a good engineer but a poor husband etc. Work-life balance (WLB) is achieved when an individual’s right to a fulfilled life inside and outside paid work is accepted and respected as a norm to the mutual benefits of an individual, business and society. Balance and success in life depends on how purposefully and strategically life is being understood and managed. This is possible only when an individual,
organization or society have clearly identified their purpose and formulate and implement the strategies to create balance in mitigating risk and achieving success. Maintaining balance is not mere a recommendation but a Devine order. As clearly mentioned in Quran; And the heaven He raised and imposed the balance. That you not transgress within the balance. And establish weight in justice and do not make deficient the balance. (Quran: Surah Al Rahmaan, Verses 7-9). Also, the message from the Bible as reported by Rick Warren  is that “don’t let the errors of evil people lead you down the wrong path and make you lose your balance”. (2 peter 3:17 –CEV). Also according to Ephesions 5:16 (Ph), “live life with a due sense of responsibility, not as those who do not know the meaning of life but as those who do” WBL is a matter of great concern today as long hours at work are stealing quality hours from the time that people dedicate to their families, society and their personal pursuits. The corporate world is waking up globally to this reality and a number of interventions are being proposed and implemented. WLB needs a broader
Corresponding Author: Jamil Anwar, Department of Management Sciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan.
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perspective whereas, most of the interventions however, are either specific for catering work family balance or for catering the needs of female workers only. The paper aims to explore the critical factors/areas where organizations must focus to create WLB for the success of both individuals and organizations. For this, a simple open ended question: “What organizations should do to create balance?” was asked from 75 participants of workshops conducted during 2010 through 2012. The responses are ranked, analyzed and summarized using content analysis and grounded theory approach. Although the respondents are from private schools only, the findings are generalized. These findings will help the organizations of all kinds in...