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Balancing Life & Work

Catherine Fox's regular Workspace feature in the Financial Review, today comments on the practical difficulties of moving to irregular working patterns to achieve a preferred balance between home and office life.

Phsychiatrist Carlos Raimundo, author of Relationship Capital, indicates that less ambitous changes are more likely to produce net gains. Guidelines which everyone feels are relevant to them are better than someone being seen as an exception which may cause a backlash from workmates.

The company SC Johnson is quoted as leading a move in this direction with shorter hour Fridays and meetings restricted to between 9am and 4pm. Whilst this company's initaitives appear to have acheived an attractive employer rating and low staff turnover, the company admints it is a long haul requiring regular evaluation of how it suits the organisation.

Posted Tuesday, 16 April 2002


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