Work-Life Balance: The Ultimate Trade-Off?
by Jackie Holt
While the term 'work-life balance or integration' may be new, the concept is not. Over the past 20 years, however, the number of working hours has started to climb. Long work hours are dangerous. We are only now beginning to see the true costs of long working hours – not only on the individual but also on the organisation and the wider community. Work-life balance is not a warm and fuzzy concept; it is a personal and organisational necessity.
Reviewing the underlying influences of long work hours and the impact this has at an individual and organisational level, the author looks at a number of ways in which we can reclaim time and begin to bring the balance back into our favour.
About the Author
Dr Jackie Holt PhD, MStudEd, DipPHC, BEd
Dr Jackie Holt is a professional speaker and workshop leader with over 20 years experience in the health and education field. Jackie has turned her research into a range of proven practical strategies that have enabled people to achieve significant results in their lives. Building on this study, she then worked extensively with divisions of general practice, medical colleges and workforce agencies to develop a range of individual, collegiate and organisational strategies to address this issue.
Since then Jackie has worked with various professional groups, and maintains a specific interest in knowledge workers who sell their time and expertise in a small-business setting. Jackie is the co-author of Balance: Real-life Strategies for Work-Life Balance, and the author of several national training programs in the areas of individual and organisational change, work-life balance and stress management.
Tags: personal development