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Perception of Work Life Balance-An Investigation of Education Sector of East and West

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Author(s): Hama Marafi

Journal: Asian Journal of Business Management
ISSN 2041-8744

Volume: 5;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 174;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Employees wellness | external environment | Kuwait | work life balance

ABSTRACT
The external environment of the organization is in a continuous state of flux. Organizations have to be vigilant for this and must ensure that they adjust themselves in such a way that organization conforms to the requirements of the environment. The challenges faced by the organization are resulting in lot of pressure on the employees at the functional level. As a consequence, organizations have to demand their employees to work hard. A field study was carried out to evaluate the perceptions of people who were working in education sector of United Kingdom and Kuwait. It was found that perception of the people who had been working in Kuwait differs from those who had been working in the education sector of United Kingdom. It was found that people who had been working in the education sector were more concerned about their health as the work-life-balance was causing pressure on their health. Likewise, people who had been working in the education sector of Kuwait also showed their concern about their career progression. Moreover, employees working in Kuwait also showed their concern that they have been asked to work on weekends which is not a pleasant thing for them. It was also found that for employees it is not desired by employees that they have to work while taking time out of their normal routines and organization contact them after office hours. Likewise, it was reported by employees who were working in the education sector of United Kingdom that employees are happy that their organization and managers are concerned about their family issues which arise from work life balance. Based on the findings that originated from this survey, it is suggested by researcher that in both Kuwait and United Kingdom, educational institutes should launch a comprehensive work life balance support as inn both countries employees who were working in education sector had been facing associated challenges. Organizations should ensure that extra work should not be associated with the career progression. If in any situation, an organization wishes that it’s employees work more than the normal circumstances, then organization should communicate this to employee in advance so that employee can manage his routine accordingly.

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