Maintaining a sustainable work-life balance: An interdisciplinary path to a better future

Peter Kruyen*, Stéfanie André, Beatrice van der Heijden

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This thought-provoking book provides a detailed exploration of work-life balance, considering the perspectives of specific groups such as parents, academics, the self-employed, and migrants. Moreover, it sheds more light on the dynamics of self-care, childcare as well as informal care. Collaborative and interdisciplinary in its approach, featuring researchers ranging from quantitative to interpretative scholars, it highlights the importance of a sustainable work-life balance and the instruments needed to improve this. Focusing on both working arrangements and life events, this book assembles a diverse range of researchers to provide a holistic understanding of work-life balance, with chapters covering the organizational aspects of work-life balance and the effects of digitalization. The authors analyse the experiences of working parents and how work-life balance changes after retirement, and provide diagnostic instructions for employees and employers to re-organize the way they work across the life-span in order to maintain and enhance work-life balance. Exploring newly emerging work-life issues, this expansive book will be an invaluable resource for practitioners, scholars, and for students of business management, public administration, Human Resource Management, social policy and the sociology of work. Its extensive policy recommendations will also make it a crucial reading for policy makers and employers seeking to improve workplace support.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages260
ISBN (Electronic)9781803922348
ISBN (Print)9781803922331
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2024


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