Work-Life Balance for all

What is Work-Life Balance?

The ability to achieve a balance between the demands arising from your job and those arising from your personal life. Your work-life balance needs adjusting throughout different stages of your life to reflect changes in your personal circumstances, job role and work environment.

How can this be achieved?

Working patterns may be adjusted to take into account the needs of employees as well as those of their job so that everyone, regardless of age, race, gender or disability, can achieve a balance that enables them to more easily combine their employment with other aspects of their life.

Is Work-Life Balance relevant to me?

Work-life balance is important to everybody, as it enables us to improve the quality of our lives:

“Work-life balance isn’t only about families and childcare. Nor is it about working less. It’s about working ‘smart’. About being fresh enough to give all you need to both work and home, without jeopardising one for the other. And it is a necessity for everyone, at whatever stage you are in your life.” (Department of Trade and Industry (2001) Work-Life Balance: The Essential Guide to Work-Life Balance, p5)

The university commitment to Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is an integral part of the University's Human Resources Strategy. We are committed to be an inclusive employer, responsive to the needs of a diverse workforce. Both employees and the University can benefit by a working environment that supports work-life balance, as this can lead to:

  • Staff feeling more valued and more loyal to their employer
  • Increased motivation and job satisfaction
  • Reduced levels of stress
  • Reduced levels of absenteeism
  • Improved recruitment and retention
  • Better working relations


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