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Comparison of the Selected Indicators of Work Life Balance in European Union Countries

Vol. 10, No 1, 2017

Eva Živčicová,

Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín,Trenčín, Slovakia,

 eva.zivcicova@tnuni.sk

 

COMPARISON OF THE SELECTED INDICATORS OF WORK LIFE BALANCE IN EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES

 Kristína Bulková,

Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín,Trenčín, Slovakia, kristina.bulkova@tnuni.sk

 

Tatiana Masárová,

Alexander Dubček University of Trenčín,Trenčín, Slovakia,

tatiana.masarova@tnuni.sk

 

Abstract. The article elaborates on the characteristics and indicators of work life balance (WLB). The focus is on the selected criteria of WLB as well as social life and time spent off work. The WLB factors chosen and discussed are: the amount of stress, exhaustion and lack of time for family activities and responsibilities in the context of WLB. The results of the European survey conducted by the Eurofond are compared with the authors’ questionnaire survey conducted in Slovakia in 2015. The survey results revealed stress and working hours to be statistically significant factors that can be seen as obstacles in the WLB and fulfilling family duties for many Slovaks. The survey also shows that the given sample of Slovak respondents performed much worse in the criteria of stress and lack of time results than the European average according to the Eurofond survey. The results could be partly influenced by the fact that the survey participants were mostly employed in the social sector.

 

Received: July, 2016

1st Revision: October, 2016

Accepted: December, 2016

 

DOI: 10.14254/2071- 789X.2017/10-1/16

JEL Classification: I30, I31

Keywords: WLB, stress, exhaustion, time, family responsibilities, EU, Slovak respondents.