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The workplace is characterised by continuous change and growing diversity. Organisational success and Employee satisfaction depend on our capacity to manage this change and to engage within this diversity. Work-life balance arrangements are an important element in meeting this challenge.

Work-life balance (WLB) refers to a range of flexible working arrangements that go beyond Employees’ statutory leave entitlements. WLB assists Employees to combine employment with their family life, caring responsibilities and with personal life outside the workplace.

Many advances have been made in the public and private sector in creating work-places where adjustments are made to ensure that work-life balance is a realisable aspiration. There is a challenge to go further on this issue and to be more planned and systematic in the approach to work-life life balance. In this way, significant benefits flow from such an approach – benefits that accrue to Employers and Employees.

The development of Human Resource Management as a function within Organisations has played a role in the promotion of work-life balance initiatives. Emphasis on concepts such as ‘best practice’ and ‘Employer of choice’ has encouraged firms to consider flexible work practices. In addition, emphasis in recent years on knowledge management and human capital as critical to competitiveness adds further weight to staff retention arguments for the development of work-life balance initiatives.