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Meeting the challenge of the work-life balance in the South African workplace

GF Mageni, AD Slabbert
South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences | Vol 8, No 4 | a1170 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajems.v8i4.1170 | © 2014 GF Mageni, AD Slabbert | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 July 2014 | Published: 25 July 2014

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GF Mageni, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
AD Slabbert, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

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The work-life balance (WLB) construct as a business imperative has been of growing concern in organisations outside South Africa for the past two decades, particularly given the pressure to create a sustainable global competitive advantage through human capital. Within the last decade this aspect has been prominent in various forums. However, no studies as yet provide insight into the applicability of WLB models to the South African workplace. The present article therefore explores the composition of a WLB system, and analyses constraints on its application under the conditions of the South African labour market.


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