Best Practices

Work-Life Integration: The New Norm?

September 2017

Companies that earn a reputation for supporting effective work-life integration differentiate themselves in today’s business environment and have a competitive edge in the search for talent.

Attaining a satisfactory work-life balance has become increasingly elusive for many workers. Advancements in technology and the connectivity afforded by mobile devices have made employees available and accessible 24/7 and essentially erased the separation between work and life away from work. A study published
in American Sociological Review, found that 70 percent of US workers struggle to achieve an acceptable balance between work and family life. In a recent survey conducted by the Hay Group, 39 percent of respondents indicated that they did not have the right balance between work and personal lives. Twenty-seven percent of respondents said they worked for a company that didn’t support work-life balance and indicated that they planned to look for new work within two years.

This report explains how work- life integration strategies that fully engage employees and are responsive to both individual and organizational needs have become a foundational element in today’s competitive business environment.

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