Work-life balance

Work-life balance

We all know how hard it is to switch off after a long day at work. Achieving a good quality of life often depends on how well you balance between the demands of employment and responsibilities outside of the workplace i.e. the work-life balance.

For some nursing and health care professionals, the pressures of work are so great that this balance can often seem impossible to achieve.

The RCN believes that all staff members are entitled to a healthy work-life balance. We also believe that all members of staff, regardless of gender, age and caring responsibilities or roles, could benefit from flexible working opportunities.

Why does it matter to employers?

Achieving a good work-life balance could also be beneficial for employers.

The benefits of flexible working opportunities have been shown to:

  • improve staff performance
  • reduce unplanned staff absences
  • support the recruitment and retention of staff

Employers have a duty of care for their staff members and should follow the workplace regulations to achieve a healthy and committed workforce who have a healthy work-life balance.

Does your organisation protect and promote the work-life balance of its staff?

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Page last updated - 03/08/2019