The value to employers of satisfactory work / life balance for their employees should not be underestimated in both a social and economic context. It is vital that employers are equipped with the tools necessary to assist them to grow and expand successful businesses, especially if unemployment rates are low and / or there are skills shortages in areas relevant to the business.

Work / life balance is about providing employees with flexible work arrangements to enable them to both participate in the workforce and fulfill their family and lifestyle commitments and desires.

The willingness of a business to accommodate an employee’s work / life balance may be a deciding factor in them accepting a particular position, or remaining in a current workplace. This makes work / life balance a key attraction and retention strategy and a business imperative.