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Work-life balance

Practical guides, articles and books on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

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  • eBooks
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Featured eBook

Balance your life and work: How to get the best from your job and still have a life
A & C Black, 2006

This book offers practical advice on how to regain your equilibrium and keep work in its place. It helps you work out your own priorities, reduce your stress levels, and take positive action to make your life easier. Includes a chapter exploring the benefits of career breaks.

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Featured article

Manage your work, manage your life

Work/life balance is at best an elusive ideal and at worst a complete myth, today's senior executives will tell you. But by making deliberate choices about which opportunities they'll pursue and which they'll decline, rather than simply reacting to emergencies, leaders can and do engage meaningfully with work, family, and community.

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eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Balance your life and work: How to get the best from your job and still have a life
A & C Black, 2006)
This book offers practical advice on how to regain your equilibrium and keep work in its place. It helps you work out your own priorities, reduce your stress levels, and take positive action to make your life easier. Includes a chapter exploring the benefits of career breaks.

Get the best from a career break: How to make the most of your time away from the office
A & C Black, 2006
This book covers all the key issues for anyone thinking about time out from the office. Includes how to make the most of a career break, weighing up the pros and cons of a career break, thinking about values and priorities, exploring the options open to you, assessing your financial situation, investigating flexible working and getting back into the swing of things.

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Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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How to achieve work-life harmony

If finding a work-life balance sounds as achievable as hunting down the Loch Less Monster, try aiming for work-life harmony instead. Chad Martinson suggests some ways forward.

How flexible working can boost staff wellbeing

The article focuses on how flexible working helps employees, especially those with childcare responsibilities, in balancing their personal and work life.

Manage your work, manage your life

Article looking at how senior executives learn how to reconcile their professional and personal lives.

To merge or not to merge?

In preparing for a merger tough questions should be asked about hiring and firing practices, work-life balance policies, professional development and partner accountability and compensation systems.

Five ways to connect with your children

You can connect with your kids, no matter how busy you are.

Appreciate the moment: 7 ways to rethink work-life balance

Article exploring the notion of work-life balance.

Know where to turn

Kath Haines explains why accountants suffering from stress-related problems are getting younger in Great Britain, and suggests ways they can cope.

Useful links

Take comfort with CABA
The Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association offers free, confidential and independent support services 24 hours a day, online, over the phone and face to face.

CABA: Wellbeing
Tips and advice from CABA on how to maintain your work-life balance, stay healthy and build resilience to stress.

Life Coach Directory
An online directory of verified lifecoaches accompanied by a range of advice, articles and blogs on how to attain and maintain a better work life balance.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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