Is Your Life Out Of Balance Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… 1. Assign percentages according to the importance of each of the following areas in your life (they should total 100 percent):

Work (or school) ________% Family (or intimate relationship) ________% Leisure ________% Community ________% Religion ________%

2. Assign percentages according to the amount of time and energy you devote to each of the following areas in your life (they should total 100 %).

Work (or school) ________% Family (or intimate relationship) ________% Leisure ________% Community ________% Religion ________%

3. Compare the two columns. Is there a discrepancy between your values and your behavior? If there is a discrepancy, how comfortable Are you with the imbalance it implies? Is it a temporary
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Researchers have found that trying to balance work and family roles can result in job and family distress, work/family conflict, job and life dissatisfaction, depression, anxiety, anger/hostility, and perceptions of a lower quality of life (e.g., Duxbury and Higgins, 1991;Frone, Russell, and Cooper, 1992; Thomas and Ganster, 1995). There are also unhealthy consequences for the organization, including absenteeism, tardiness, and loss of talented employees (Kossek. 1998). These findings support the scarcity theory of role accumulation, which suggests that the sum of human energy is fixed and that adding more roles creates a greater likelihood of overload, conflict, strain, and other negative consequences for well-being (Marks, …show more content…
For example, research is beginning to document the effects of various work/life programs (e.g., flextime, child care support) on recruiting, retention, absenteeism, tardiness. stress, job satisfaction, organizational commitment and loyalty, and performance (Kossek, 1998). The links between individual policies and anticipated organizational effects must be clarified because different policies may have different effects and usefulness for different employees (Raabe. 1990). In addition, this research might show which programs have little return on their investment. Holding work/life programs to the same strict cost-benefit analysis as other business initiatives may encourage more open attitudes toward the programs, reduce the stinma of paternalism associated with them, and pave the way for new and creative solutions for managing work/life

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