Industry slams work-life balance report

first_imgIndustry slams work-life balance reportOn 24 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. A report by the Institute of Directors (IoD) that rubbishes work-lifebalance has been slammed by UK industry leaders and diversity experts. The issue hit the headlines again last week when health minister AlanMilburn resigned from his post to spend more time with his family. The IoD’s controversial paper, Work-Life Balance Revisited, claims thatpeople who advocate work-life balance make distorted claims about the workplacethat amount to little more than “urban myths”. Its author, Ruth Lea, claims that work-life balance protagonists “runan anti-business agenda that seems hell-bent on demonising the workplace”,and that these policies make running a business even harder. Kate Headley, who heads up the Cheshire-based Dextra Diversity Network,which includes top companies such as Ford, KPMG, Royal Bank of Scotland andLand Rover, labelled Lea’s comments as “almost prehistoric”. “I’m dismayed that such an influential institute is trying to drag UKbusinesses back into the dark ages. I’m sure many top UK companies areliterally cringing at its outdated attitude to business,” Headley said. Will Hutton, chief executive of The Work Foundation, compared Lea to Eddythe Eagle and Screaming Lord Sutch as a figure of derision. Annette Andrews, manager of work-life balance at Ford, also criticised theIoD report. “Work-life balance is an integral part of our diversity strategy. Wehave found that it adds value to our business and to our staff, she said.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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