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Chapter 1. Meeting the Challenges of the... > Trend 8: Quality-of-Life Issues

Trend 8: Quality-of-Life Issues

As workdays lengthen and intensify, boundaries between work and nonwork blur, and stress levels rise, one of the challenges for professionals in the field will be to help employees guard against “technology creep” and develop healthy strategies to ensure a healthy work/life balance (“Employment Trends,” 1999, p. 3). The desire for balance between one’s work life and nonwork life isn’t merely for small segments of the labor force. It’s a reality for just about every worker today. Work/life balance is reported to be a high priority for young professionals considering new jobs. The companies cited as among the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in Fortune magazine (“America’s Most Admired Companies,” 1999) all have some initiative meant to help workers better manage the demands of their nonwork lives.

With 62% of mothers working with children under age 3, childcare will become a worklife balance litmus test for employers. The best employers will find ways, including boundaryless work arrangements, to help employees balance work and family obligations.

HR Focus (“Trends Shaping the Workplace in the New Millennium,” 1999)



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