Debatte, 12(2) pp. 137–153.
Prompted to some degree by policies and concerns promoted by the European Union, and the Council of Europe, the set of issues now widely termed ‘work-life balance’ is much discussed in academic and policy circles in the United Kingdom and in Germany. It is also moving up the agenda of British and German employers and trade unions. The range of issues embraced by the term work-life balance crosses disciplines and traditional boundaries. It covers aspects of gender, gendered time, work and family relationships, and the implications of these for issues such as staff retention and motivation, excessive working hours, part-time working, time off for special purposes, and combining family and work- all in relation to limited amount of working and personal time we have at our disposal.
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