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Work Life Balance in Dual Career Couple

Work Life Balance in Dual Career Couple

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 Work Life Balance in Dual Career Couple
Project Report Work Life Balance :
The term ³dual-career´ was first coined in 1969 by aEuropean academic couple (Rapoport & Rapoport 1969 ; Rapoport & Rapoport 1971). Sincethen this term has become quite established, other expressions are "coupled careers"(Bernasco1994), "conjoint career couple" (Adler et al. 1989) or ³coordinated career´ couple(Butler & Paisley 1980). These last two terms, however, refer to couples where bothpartners pursue careers in the same field or whose work activities overlap (Butler & Paisley1980), and who are, therefore, professional colleagues in addition to being partners (Adleret al. 1989).According to the Rapoports, dual career couples differ from dual-earner families/couples. Indual-career couples, both partners pursue an occupational career occupying or seeking jobswhich are characterized by high professional standards, a high degree of commitment and adevelopmental sequence.The rationale for such a distinction between dual-career and dual-earner couples is that anumber of problems are particularly relevant to the situation when both partners have andwant to pursue careers, thus of dual-career couples. These problems can be classified intotwo areas: geographical mobility and family responsibilities ± which, according to the resultspresented in the remainder of the report, not only but to a higher degree affect careers of women more than careers of men in dual-career couples.This report conceptualizes "Work Life Balance" to include role overload (RO) (having toomuch to do and too little time to do it in) as well as role interference (when incompatibledemands make it difficult, if not impossible, for employees to perform all their roles well).
Project Report on Work Life Balance - Theory :
Th
eory of Work Life Balance? :
Work life balance is about people having a measure of control over when, where and how they work. It is achieved when an individual's right to afulfilled life inside and outside paid work is accepted and respected as the norm, to themutual benefit of the individual, business and society.
C
haracteristics of Work and Family Balance
y
 
Work Life Balance Business Benefits.
y
 
N
ot constant, comes and goes with life changes
y
 
It takes WORK
y
 
The process of seeking balance can be deeply rewarding
Work Life Balance benefits as:
y
 
Attracts new employees
y
 
H
elps to retain staff 
y
 
Builds diversity in skills and personnel
y
 
Improves morale
y
 
Reduces sickness and absenteeism
y
 
Enhances working relationships between colleagues
y
 
Encourages employees to show more initiative and teamwork

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