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Research Report Work Life Balance

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									Work Life Balance

   Anita Pickerden




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Research Question
   Where in a working life does work
    life balance become an issue?

       Specifically, what about older
        workers as they prepare for
        retirement?




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Definitions
   “…. a growing recognition that
    individuals require a satisfactory balance
    between the demands of work and those
    of the rest of life”

   “ Work life balance is about the
    challenges that face individuals when
    they are trying to hold paid work and
    home in domestic life in balance. “


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Policy Implications
   USA historical perspective



   Common Market / EEC / EU Policy



   UK Policy


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Policy Focus

   Is this just a gender issue?
   Supporting families?
   Getting more women into work
   Getting more work out of workers?
   Protection against claims for work
    place stress
   “Flexicurity”
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Life Phases

   Young People
   Mid – Career
   Older Workers
   Post Retirement




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Young People
   Career choice may influence work
    life balance later in life
   Career choice may be gendered
   Young people expect better work
    life balance than their parents




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Mid – career
   Does work interfere with life? Or
    does life interfere with work?
   “Middlescence”
   The loneliness of achievement




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Older Workers
   A problem to managed or an asset
    to be valued?

   “The Final Five”
   Leaving a Legacy
   Easing gently or cold turkey?



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Post Retirement
   Can you afford to retire when you
    want to?
   Balance between life and ? ?
   Access to services




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Employers’ responses
   Legal minimum

   Flexible working practices

   Work life balance for all




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My Next Steps
   West Midlands Fire Service
   Questionnaire of all staff
   Detailed questionnaire of few
   Interviews
   Report
   “Call me Doctor!”



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Contact me
   anita.pickerden@blueyonder.co.uk

   +44 (0)771 556 0786



   Ideas
   Suggestions
   Advice
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