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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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How to find a good work-life blend
(CABA)

Guide from the Chartered Accountants' Benevolent Association on how to determine if your work-life balance is in good shape, with tips on how to improve it.

Featured article

Work-life balance vs work-technology balance

With large sections of society working remotely during the global pandemic, digital technology has never been more important in our working lives. Whilst technology can bring many work-life benefits, downsides include feeling or expectation of being constantly available. Provides tips on how to help reinstate some of the boundaries between work and life that technology can erode.

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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

Offers practical advice on how to get the best from your job and still have a life.

How to make partner and still have a life

A practical guide to achieving professional goals.

It's not a glass ceiling, it's a sticky floor: free yourself from the hidden behaviours sabotaging your career success

Professional advancement for women in the workplace.

Manage your time: how to work more effectively

A guide to improving personal efficiency.

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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.

You will need to be logged-in to the website to gain full access to the range of articles available online.

Work-life balance vs work-technology balance

With large sections of society working remotely during the global pandemic, digital technology has never been more important in our working lives. Whilst technology can bring many work-life benefits, downsides include the feeling or expectation of being constantly available. Provides tips on how to help reinstate some of the boundaries between work and life that technology can erode.

Work-life balance strategy: Leave work on time

Article on how to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Discusses a range of factors which can inhibit the inclination to work and lead workers to stay longer in the office or take work home. These include domestic tasks, lack of sleep, over-committing, not being sufficiently organised and lack of effective tools.

A working parent's survival guide

Techniques for reducing stress and successfully balancing your professional and family roles. The author recommends five powerful strategies: rehearse for transitions (including returning to work after parental leave), audit your commitments, communicate effectively, put losses into perspective, and recast your professional identity.

How to craft a side hustle that doesn't cost you

Offers advice on how to earn extra income from a side job whilst preserving work-life balance.

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.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

 

Acas guide to flexible working and work-life balance

June 2015

Acas guide outlining important considerations for employers of all sizes when implementing flexible working practices. The guide covers the potential benefits and challenges of different types of flexible working: flexitime, part-time work, overtime, job sharing, compressed hours, shift work, annualised hours, term-time working, temporary working/fixed-term contracts, sub-contracting, zero hours contracts, homeworking, mobile working and hot-desking.

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.

How to tackle mental health in the workplace as a manager and colleague
Article from UCL School of Management on mental health in the workplace. Discusses how managers can support individual employees with mental health issues and how employees can support each other. Published on 20 February 2020.

7 leaders share insights about work-life balance
Blog post published by Syracuse University's Whitman School of Management on 26 September 2017. Provides tips from business leaders on how to accomplish work-life harmony.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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