Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A need for stricter definition of work-life balance

I was reading an article recently about companies implementing work-life balance and a thought came to me that newspapers are using a wrong definition of work-life balance. Work-life balance is not about giving how many different types of leave benefits to an employee. It is having enough time for work and enough to have a life.

It does not matter how many leave benefits you have if you cannot take it. I think it is quite often that employees nowadays have to work during their leaves to finish the work they have. What's the use of having so many leave benefits if you still have to work even when you're on leave?

Is that considered as taking leave? What's the use of all the leave benefits if you cannot achieve the ultimate aim of work-life balance, which is to have enough time for work and to have a life?

Seems like it doesn't matter how many leave benefits you have unless you have legislation that dictates that a person cannot be called back if they are on leave. Otherwise, on paper, it looks like we're on leave. In actual fact?

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