Work life balance

"Work-life balance is about people having a measure of control over when, where and how they work, leading them to be able to enjoy an optimal quality of life. Work-life balance is achieved when an individual's right to a fulfilled life inside and outside paid work is accepted and respected as the norm, to the mutual benefit of the individual, business and society." ~ The Work Foundation


The three staff surveys run at the university since 2003 have showed that a number of people, especially academic, were unsatisfied with their work-life balance and felt that they worked excessive hours. Research suggests that this has a negative impact not only on the individual concerned but also the productivity of an organisation.

As a result the University has been trying to address this issue in a number of different ways; information, training, and projects to make work processes more efficient. Together, these efforts will, we hope, result in an environment in which success and reward at all levels in the organisation can be achieved without the need for excessive working hours.