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Work-Life Balance: Achievable Goal or Pipe Dream?

Summary: Organizational success depends on people - people who have multiple responsibilities, diverse needs, and conflicting priorities. Many organizations have begun offering flexible work arrangements intended to help people achieve work-life balance and a sense of well-being. Yet, despite good intentions, many of these initiatives have not been successful. Balance cannot be achieved without support from the employer, co-workers, family, or community. The success of any work-life initiative starts with each player on the team playing his or her part. A five-step process can help assess your organization's current situation and help in the development of an appropriate strategy. A work-life continuum consisting of five developmental stages serves as a framework that helps create a vision of the future using a work-life lens. A sidebar article provides a checklist that can be used to rate your organization on four critical work-life program components.

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