Work-life balance means different things to different people. The organisations involved in Employers for Work-life Balance are committed to the following principles:

Statement of Principles

UK employers operate in an increasingly competitive environment in which flexibility is key to meeting customer demands. At the same time, employees need to be able to balance work with their other interests. Employees are more productive if they are able to balance their work and personal lives effectively, thereby facilitating enhanced delivery of organisational objectives. An organisation committed to work-life balance:

  • Recognises that effective practices to promote work-life balance will benefit the organisation and its employees

  • Acknowledges that individuals at all stages of their lives work best when they are able to achieve an appropriate balance between work and other aspects of their lives

  • Highlights the employers’ and the employees’ joint responsibility to discuss workable solutions and encourages a partnership between individuals and their line managers

  • Develops appropriate policies and practical responses that meet the specific needs of the organisation and its employees

  • Communicates its commitment to work-life strategies to its employees

  • Demonstrates leadership from the top of the organisation and encourages managers to lead by example.