One of the outcomes selected is burnout to understand how it relates to work-life balance. Lack of work-life balance significantly contributes to the development of burnout among organizational employees. Lack of work-life balance is characterized by increased workload handled by employees, irregular work schedules, and long work hours, which lead to burnout (Boamah et al., 2022). In this case, employees have to maintain a work-life balance for them to prevent the likelihood of developing burnout. Another outcome selected is motivation which refers to an inspiration to perform better to achieve desired goals. Employees who face a challenge in achieving work-life balance are likely to lose motivation, therefore, perform poorly in their workplace. Lack of balance between personal and work activities makes it challenging for employees to remain focused.
Cultural dimensions and diversity issues impact work-life balance since they affect the construction of gender roles, ideologies, and meanings. In this case, the domestic division of labor is likely to impact an individual from a particular culture but does not affect others (Beauregard et al., 2020). Variations in cultural values contribute to dissimilarities in how a person’s work and life interact. Employees can make decisions that influence their work-life balance based on personal values and cultural norms.
Organizations and IO psychologists must pay attention to the work-life balance of their leaders and employees to maintain desired productivity. Employees might fail to focus on their work if they feel it limits their personal growth and happiness. Paying attention to work-life balance also minimizes the likelihood of burnout among employees (Youssefnia, 2016). Burnout also significantly contributes to reduced productivity and enhances the likelihood of employee turnover. Employees who achieve work-life balance are more likely to be committed and motivated, which is necessary for positive results within an organization.
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