Work–Life Balance
by Janice Arenofsky
January 2017, 231pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-4713-4
$44, £33, 38€, A60
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As the United States struggles to regain its status as one of the world leaders in economic power, it also faces challenges in achieving better work–life balance for its citizens.

This powerful resource investigates how a positive work–life balance can help create engaged, productive employees, how imbalances in work–life balance create serious issues for workers, and identifies different ways to greatly improve one's work–life balance.

Of the 35 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), all except the United States provide nationwide paid maternity leave. This is but one example of how the United States has not made adequate provisions to safeguard the work–life balance of its workforce—to the detriment of the overall economic prosperity of the nation. This insightful book shows how problematic an out-of-balance work-to-life ratio is, gives readers the raw data and information to prioritize their values, and describes tools available for selecting a position that matches an individual’s talents and is congruent with her desired work–life balance.

Work–Life Balance examines the controversies associated with work–life balance in the modern era and emphasizes how winning the struggle to achieve work–life balance requires buy-in from employees, management, and government. Readers will appreciate how optimizing their work–life balance may incorporate employee assistance programs, flextime, improved time management skills, technology-enabled tools, and community programs. The author explains how choosing an appropriate occupation is the first step toward having a positive work–life balance and avoiding the twin scourges of depression and job dissatisfaction. Comparisons between typical benefits in the United States with those in other countries provide data that can be used to advocate and negotiate for greater flexibility, fairness in gender equality, and better employer-employee relationships.

Features

  • Gives readers an in-depth look at the history of work, from prehistory to the present
  • Offers practical, scientifically tested solutions to organizational problems such as burnout, absenteeism, and presenteeism
  • Compares the work–life balance status of the United States with other countries around the world, including those in Europe and Asia
  • Includes primary documents that emphasize the need for organizational flexibility to allow for creative, de-stressed workers and a satisfied managerial hierarchy
Janice Arenofsky, MLS, is a professional writer. For many years, she wrote for Career World, Equal Opportunity, Woman Engineer, and other career-oriented magazines. Her published work includes a text in Greenwood's biography series.


Reviews

"Probably the most comprehensive resource available on this important topic. In her research-based and wide-ranging book, Janice Arenofsky provides readers with the history and psychology of work-life balance, and offers suggestions for employees and employers. Controversies are also addressed and a valuable collection of resources is included, too. Readers will come away with a broader and deeper understanding of the issues, a better appreciation for why work-life balance matters, and some ideas about what to do about it."—Bella DePaulo, Author of Singled Out: How Singles Are Stereotyped, Stigmatized, and Ignored, and Still Live Happily Ever After

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