#5 Achieving Work-Life Balance

In an increasingly competitive business environment, workers are being asked to become more productive in order that their organizations can survive and succeed. This increased pressure makes it more difficult for workers to achieve work-life balance. In this monograph, we feature two studies that will hopefully shed light on this challenge. The first article, “The Stress of Juggling Work and Family” presents the results of a study on working parents. In this study, we learn the common sources of stress experienced by working parents. We also learn how they are affected by and how they cope with stress. In the second article, “Do Work-Life Programs Work?” The Petron Corporation shares their Work-Life Balance programs and the results of an evaluation study that examined the perceived impact of the program on employees. Through these studies, we hope to assist employees and organizations in their quest for worklife balance.