Image: iStock. By: Judy Rose, The University of Queensland.
Workplace flexibility is particularly important to working parents whose childcare needs may not fit well with standard work hours.
To date, it has proved difficult to know how satisfied employees are with their level of balance and it has been similarly challenging for employers to assess balance in their organisations, with some disputing the usefulness of the term.
Yet, it is well established that organisational culture and managerial support for work-life balance is vital to the success of such policies. However, balance remains difficult to measure, partially because people’s definitions differ and it is an elusive concept. (Some healthy stretches for the office? Look no further. Post continues after video.)
My research has found that measuring time pressure is a more tangible way to assess balance. Time pressure refers to how rushed or pressed for time people feel on a daily basis.