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Worklife Balance. A questionnaire was developed by the researcher consisting of different questions to gather information over the situation of work life balance at Levis Strauss and Company.

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Front page Contents EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Workplace diversity in today's world is no longer just about anti-discrimination compliance; rather it now focuses on inclusion and the impact on the bottom line. The main objective of writing this report is to emphasize the importance of diversity at workplace with special reference to work-life balance. Moreover an effort is made to elucidate the newer concept of diversity that differs from racism. However as diversity is a broad topic, therefore, focus of the report will be on one of the key elements of diversity which is work-life balance. While work-life balance is an increasingly popular term, there is no clear consensus on what it means, although most definitions do include the concepts of flexibility, juggling and sustainability. The report presents finding from the survey conducted with the participants from Levis Strauss and Company, UK. The core questions for the research were like how is the case for work-life balance currently being made in the private sector? What are the existing policies and how are they being promoted? How are work-life balance policies being implemented in practice? How important is work-life balance to Levis Employees? A questionnaire was developed by the researcher consisting of different questions to gather information over the situation of work life balance at Levis Strauss and Company. The findings also show that many employees feel they have an appropriate work life balance: Although the majority of employers and employees appear to be making good progress in addressing work-life balance issues, there is still a significant minority for whom working arrangements are less satisfactory. On the basis of the findings of the survey conducted with the employees of Levis Strauss UK, the research suggests some recommendations for the organization to meet the challenges of work-life balance. 1. INTRODUCTION: 1.1 Defining diversity: The main objective of writing this report is to emphasize the importance of diversity at workplace with special reference to work-life balance. ...read more.

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The 'right to request' legislation, which came into effect in 2003, gave parents with children aged under six the right to ask their employers to work flexibly. And this has bedded in well: more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of requests were fully accepted and a further 9 per cent were partly accepted or a compromise reached (www.dti.gov.uk). Further evidence that progress is being made comes from the 2004 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey (Bell A and Bryson C, 2005). The survey reports that the number of flexible working options made available by employers in the UK rose from an average of 1.39 in 1998 to 1.99 in 2004. The overall story on work-life balance is positive. It is increasingly popular and individuals are aware of the options available and are taking these up where possible. However, there are some worrying variations in availability and take-up. The first of these is gender-related. As outlined above, women are much more likely to have available to them and take up work-life balance policies and while this is not a problem in itself as it supports women to work while they bring up children, the consequences of this variation are more concerning. For example, research by Smithson suggests that the nature of take-up among men and women can contribute to the gender pay gap (Smithson, 2004). Their review of the accountancy profession found that women tend to use flexible working arrangements to cover childcare responsibilities at a time in their careers that damages their prospects of moving to a more senior role in the future. Men, however, tend to make use of flexible working arrangements later in their careers, reducing the detrimental effects. PRIMARY RESEARCH: The report presents finding from the survey conducted with the participants from Levis Strauss and Company, UK. The core questions for the research were: * How is the case for work-life balance currently being made in the private sector? ...read more.

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Agree Strongly Agree Agree neither Disagree Disagree Disagree Strongly People work best when they can balance their work and other aspects of their lives Offering a good work-life balance to employees is beneficial for employers Staff with a good work-life balance are better able to respond to the needs of customers or service users Work-life balance is for those who don't take their careers seriously 2: Mark which seems the most true to you: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Agree Strongly Agree Agree neither Disagree Disagree Disagree Strongly My family or home life is more important to me than career progression People work best when they can balance their work and other aspects of their lives Staff with a good work-life balance are better able to respond to the needs of customers or service users Offering a good work-life balance to employees is beneficial for employers 3: Mark which seems the most true to you: All things considered, how satisfied are you with your job at present? Very Satisfied satisfied Satisfied neither unsatisfied unsatisfied Very unsatisfied Men Women 4. Mark which seems the most true to you: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Agree Strongly Agree Agree neither Disagree Disagree Disagree Strongly I have a high degree of control over how I do my work I have a lot of control over managing my time at work My job is stressful There are so many things to do at home, I often run out of time before I get them all done 5. Mark which seems the most true to you: To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Agree Strongly Agree Agree neither Disagree Disagree Disagree Strongly Management can be relied on to keep their promises My organization puts the needs of its customers first Thank you for participating in survey regarding work-life balance! ...read more.

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