Importance of Work-Life Balance

Post a substantive response to peer Further discussion: What is the importance of work-life balance? In your current work situation, what do you see as good family-friendly practices or recent changes that have supported a flexible workplace?  175+ word count At least 1 APA reference Ashlee Britton Factors that have lead organizations to adopting flexible working practices and family-friendly policies include globalization bringing about more competition, changes in family values and structures, government legislation, and other factors relating to the changes made within a larger social system (Uhl-Bien, Osborn, & Schermherhorn, 2014). The social system itself has changed over the generations. Women and minorities are becoming more present in the workplace, family structure changes from the original nuclear structure (Uhl-Bien, Osborn, & Schermherhorn, 2014). Organizations realize that recruiting and training new employees comes at a cost when retaining employees is more cost-effective (Uhl-Bien, Osborn, & Schermherhorn, 2014). Other ways that organizations or the government have included ways to be flexible are the change from the traditional Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm work schedule, FMLA, maternity and paternity leave, sick and vacation pay, etc. (Uhl-Bien, Osborn, & Schermherhorn, 2014). These changes in how organizations treat employees are becoming the best way to keep employees. When I was younger, I remember my grandparents talking about how the latest generation changes organizations or careers rather than spend thirty to forty years at the same place. I remember mentioning that organizations must have treated them better because we tend to change careers or workplace because of economic opportunities such as a raise that we would not have received if we remained with the organization, benefits that were better than the present workplace, etc. I have noticed that workplaces are offering appealing packages. For example, I am a state Homecare Worker (caretaker for those who wish to remain in their homes). We received a pay bump for having to work during the Coronavirus time period (some were quitting out of fear).Reference: Uhl-Bien, M., Osborn, R. N., & Schermherhorn, J. R. (2014). Organizational behaviour (13th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

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