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Work and Life Balance Print

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Work-life balance is the ability of employees to balance the needs of their workplace with other needs in their lives. It does not mean dividing an employee’s time in half between their home and professional lives. What may work for one employee may not work for another, because of differences in work, home lives, interests, stress, etc.

“Health Canada estimates the annual financial loss from the challenge of employees balancing work and family obligations at $2.7 billion due to lost time relating to stress, medical leaves, dealing with dependants, and other family responsibilities.” (The Business Case for Work-Life Balance, HRSDC, Government of Canada).


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