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Topic: How important is the concept of work-life balance among the members of the labor force? What are the efforts contributed by the labor unions, business units and the government in achieving work-life balance?
Summary of Argument: Work-life balance is becoming one of the most important aspects for the members of the labor force now a days. This paper will argues that despite all the continuing efforts of labor unions, businesses and even the government to enhance work-life balance of every member of the labor force, efforts still not enough as there are always new issues arising or new pressures coming of the workers’ side.
Definition: Based on through research, work-life balance is the ability to manage both work and personal life in an equal and most effective way. To quote: “The expression “work-life balance” was first used in the late 1970s to describe the balance between an individual’s work and personal life.” (Canning, G. 2002)
List of Topics to be covered
- Labor Unions: definitions and scope (Canning, G. 2002; Hynönen P. 2000; Weidman, S. 2006; Pressler, M & Swoboda, F. 1997)
- Business units’ efforts contributed to maintain work-life balance (Welty, G. 1991; Grossman, R.2005; Laubacher, R. & Malone, T. 1997; Tyson, J. 1999; Mathey, A. 2002; Kaboolian, L. 1999; Jusko, J. 2003)
- Government’s way of enhancing work-life balance – (Jitendra, M. 2002; Joyce, A. 2004; Chaison, G. & Bigelow, B. 2002)
Indeed, there are a number of efforts from all sides: the unions, the business sector and the government. There may be some loopholes in some aspects or there may be some areas that still need to be address and taken into account to, but what is important is that we are all getting there. In time, we can all say that work-life balanced has really been achieved and maintained.
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