Costs and Benefits to Business of Adopting Work Life Balance Working Practices: A Literature Review

Funded by: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

PSI researchers:


Deborah Smeaton

Kathryn Ray

Genevieve Knight

Background, summary and aims

Background

There has been rising interest in recent years in the effects of and demand for work life balance (WLB) policies and practices, particularly given demographic trends and workforce developments. The costs and benefits of these policies to employees at different life stages, those searching for work, families and dependents have been widely set out. There is less research and evidence relating to the costs and benefits to employers however.  

Aims

The specific aims of the study are to:

Methods

In order to meet the aims set out above, a literature review is being conducted. A full systematic review is not possible within the timeframe of the project, but the strategy and procedure adopted for this review and appraisal of the evidence is informed by the principles of systematic review methodologies.

Related publications / project outputs

Costs and Benefits to Business of Adopting Work Life Balance Working Practices: A Literature Review