Work-life Balance

by Barbara Buffton

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Working from Home

This topic gives more information on flexible working practices.

Employment Contacts

This topic has information about your legal rights to flexible working and the process you need to follow to apply for it.

Negotiation and Influencing

Both of these topics could be useful to read if you want to present a case for work-life balance policies and practices within your organisation.


The management agenda

2006 Roffey Park Management Institute.

Now in its ninth year, this research report examines the challenges that managers and organisations are facing. Developed from a survey of over 600 UK managers, this year’s report covers trends relating to organisational change, organisational life, organisational culture, the ‘employee deal’ (including work-life balance) and working across boundaries. Available from Roffey Park.

Managing change: practical ways to reduce long hours and reform working patterns

DTI, 2005.

This research for the Department of Trade & Industry shows that working smarter is crucial to improving employee satisfaction and productivity. The report contains case studies of companies which have introduced measures including part-time working, flexitime, job-sharing and annualised hours in a bid to modernise working practices, while maintaining, or improving, productivity.

Available from the DTI website (see below).

The 24-7 work-life balance survey

Julie Hurst, Sarah Baker, Steve French and Gary Daniels. Published by the Work Life Balance Centre 2006.

Sixth annual 24-7 survey on work-life balance. Issues covered include flexible working options, support, health and legislation and policy.

Available via the Employers and Work-Life Balance site (see below).

Challenging times: flexibility and flexible working in the UK


This analysis of Labour Force Survey data by the TUC found that almost one in ten employees would like to work fewer hours even if this meant a pay cut, but that three-quarters of employees have no element of flexibility in their employment contract. Also, 86.8 per cent of private sector employees and 59.3 per cent of public sector employees have no flexible working options open to them.

Available via the Employers and Work-Life Balance site (see below).


This site has information from The Work Foundation. It aims to help all UK organisations implement and continuously improve sustainable work-life strategies which meet customer needs, corporate goals and enhance the quality of life for individuals.

A section of the TUC website deals specifically with work-life balance.


You can also contact the author directly: Barbara Buffton