Work-life balance

Gillian A. Maxwell, Marilyn McDougall

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    Over the last few years, the issue of work¿-¿life balance (WLB) has been receiving increasing attention in the UK. Public management in the UK has been active in progressing policies and practices in the WLB arena. However, while the growing amount of support and research in the area can contribute to the development of WLB, it has been suggested that there is often a lack of 'connection' between the inherent issues on the macro, organizational and individual levels. This article explores connections between macro, organizational and individual levels of WLB policy and practice. It does so through recent research based on seven case studies - five in the public sector and two in the voluntary sector. From the experience of the case organizations, it is evident that the connections between macro, organizational and individual levels are critical.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalPublic Management Review
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2004


    • policy and practice
    • work¿-¿life balance
    • flexible working


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