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Work and Life Balance practices are those that help employees juggle their responsibilities at work with those outside of work.


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It is now accepted that family preoccupations can cause stress, absenteeism from work, adversely affect staff performance, and lead to resignations. Just as worryingly, staff who stoically attend work even when suffering can impact productivity many-fold more than as if they were absent - what some call 'presenteeism'. It is a worldwide problem that employers can ill afford to ignore.

The demands of work and family can be balanced however - but only if the right kind of support is firmly in place. When work and home pressures conflict, and no support is in place, both work and family can suffer. The question is: What are businesses supposed to do about it? The answer in many companies has been to use practices and/or programmes that make it easier for employees to cope with their conflicting work and home life commitments.

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