work–life balance

URI: http://eige.europa.eu/taxonomy/term/1445

Definition

The term work–life balance relates to achieving balance between not only domestic tasks and caring for dependent relatives, but also extracurricular responsibilities or other important life priorities. Work arrangements should be sufficiently flexible to enable workers of both sexes to undertake lifelong learning activities and activities related to their further professional and personal development, not necessarily directly related to the worker’s job.

Issues related to the improvement of career opportunities, lifelong learning and other personal and professional development activities are considered to be secondary to the objective of promoting the more equal sharing between women and men of responsibilities in the family and household, as well as in the workplace.

See also: reconciliation of work, family and private life

Source(s)

Based on International Labour Organization – ILO (2007). ABC of Women Workers’ Rights and Gender Equality.

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