Many people struggle with balancing work and family life as they pursue their career goals. Work life balance is a term that is often used to stress the importance of balancing work and family life. The term is defined as “the division of one’s time and focus between working and family or leisure activities” (Arenofsky, 2017, p. 4). It is based on the needs of working men and women and it can affect relationships, finances, health and happiness. (Arenofsky, 2017, p. 3) This can be hard to do when you have a limited time of leave available after the birth of a child or your role has already been defined for you. Women take on multiple roles automatically and this may hinder their balance between work and home life. Corporations that are looking to be successful can embrace diversity by supporting work life balance and offering incentives. This will promote employee engagement, productivity, and managerial support in a culture. (Arenofsky, 2017, p. 3)
One thing to look at that still plagues some in the United States is the role of women. There is a stereotypical thought that women have the responsibility of raising children. (Moran, Abramson, & Moran, 2014, p. 154) Women sometimes hold off on having children in order to pursue their careers because of the thinking that they can’t have both. During the past couple of years thing have started to change slowly as companies realize the importance for diversity. There are some jobs that offer daycare services to help support working mothers. The balance is important to be efficient at work and provide quality of work. The needs of men and women have changed over the years. In some careers individuals may experience working long hours that make it hard to have leisure time.
Another aspect is the amount of time people are spending at work. When an individual is overworked the quality of their work suffers and so will company production. In the United States about 11 percent of people work long hours and in Japan it is about 20 percent. (Arenofsky, 2017, p. 17) In Sweden they are incorporated ways to help bring balance by having a policy on subsidized childcare and required parental leave. (Moran, Abramson, & Moran, 2014, p. 155) Taking steps to ensure that all employees are not being drained and made to feel unimportant helps to build strong relationships with the employee and the employers so that both parties will be successful.
There are things to consider whenever a process is being reconstructed to improve the way of life. As we work towards breaking barriers, we may run into other hurdles that can have an affect on promotions or advancements in career opportunities. One thing that stands out is that women are still looked over when it comes to promotions because they are balancing both work and home. (Moran, Abramson, & Moran, 2014, p. 155) This is unfortunate because their circumstances does not mean that they will not be able to perform these job duties efficiently. Therefore, it is important that there is support by corporations to make vital changes to support diversity and balance.
Arenofsky, J. (2017). Work-Life Balance. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, LLC.
Moran, R. T., Abramson, N. R., & Moran, S. V. (2014). Managing Cultural Differences . New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.