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MS in Human Resource Development




The purpose of this paper was to define WLB, to determine if there is a difference between the US and Canada in terms of Work-Life Balance and Workaholism, and to make recommendations to organizations about WLB. First the history of both concepts including previous research was reviewed. The results from this study were presented in a format that examines what past research says on the subject. The researcher conducted six semi-structured interviews with professionals in the Human Resources field to learn about perceptions of trends. In brief, this study found there to be no universal definition of WLB. Second, there are not many differences in approach to WLB between US and Canadian organizations. Last, there is a large list of trends that HR professionals should be aware of in the future, including eldercare, health care and flexibility. It is possible for the US and Canadian organizations to increase the effectiveness of WLB options.

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