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Work/Life Balance Literature & Resources

This section identifies a selection of literature and Web resources that provide a wider societal consideration of work/life balance and stress.

British Columbia

Usher, C.M. (2009). Balancing Work and Family...You’ve Got the Power. BC Council for Families.

Canada

Duxbury, L., and Higgins, C. (2012). Revisiting Work-Life Issues in Canada: The 2012 National Study on Balancing Work and Caregiving in Canada.

Duxbury, L., and Higgins, C. (2003). Where to Work in Canada? An Examination of Regional Differences in Work Life Practices. B.C. Council of the Families. [103 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Duxbury, L., Higgins, C., and Coghill, D. (2003). Voices of Canadians: Seeking Work-Life Balance. Hull, QC: Human Resources Development Canada. [96 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Fast, J., and Frederick, J. (2004). The time of our lives: Juggling work and leisure over the life cycle. Ottawa: Statistics Canada. [39 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Health Canada. 2001 National Work-Life Conflict Study.

This 2001 study, conducted by Linda Duxbury and Chris Higgins and funded by Health Canada, “was undertaken to examine the issues associated with work-life conflict, identify Canadians at risk, identify why key stakeholders (governments, employers, employees) should care about the issue by determining the ‘bottom line’ impact of conflict between work and life, and provide direction on ways to move forward.” The findings and recommendations of the study were published in a series of six reports between 2002 and 2009.

Higgins, C.A., and Duxbury, L. (2002). The 2001 National Work-Life Conflict Study: Report One. Ottawa: Health Canada. [99 pages]

Duxbury, L., and Higgins, C.A. (2003). Work-Life Conflict in Canada in the New Millennium: A Status Report (Report 2). Ottawa: Health Canada. [154 pages]

Higgins, C., Duxbury, L., and Johnson, K. (2004). Report 3: Exploring the Link Between Work-Life Conflict and Demands on Canada’s Health Care System. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada. [98 pages]

Duxbury, L., and Higgins, C. (2005). Report 4: Who is at Risk? Predictions of Work-Life Conflict. Ottawa: Public Health Agency of Canada. [124 pages]

Higgins, C., Duxbury, L., and Lyons, S. (2008). Report 5: Reducing Work-Life Conflict: What Works? What Doesn’t? Ottawa: Health Canada. [325 pages]

Duxbury, L., and Higgins, C. (2009). Report 6: Work-Life Conflict in Canada in the New Millennium: Key Findings and Recommendations from the 2001 National Work-Life Conflict Study. Ottawa: Health Canada. [76 pages]

JobQuality.ca. (2009). Work-Life Balance. Canadian Policy Research Networks.

Lowe, G.S. (2005). Control Over Time and Work-Life Balance: An Empirical Analysis. Kelowna, BC: The Graham Lowe Group Inc. [65 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

McKenna, B. (2010). Work-Life Balance: Why Your Boss Should Care. The Globe and Mail.

Organizational Health & Wellness Trends in the Public Sector: Insights from the WarrenShepell Research Group. WarrenShepell Research Group. [9 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Pyper, W. (2006, Nov.). Balancing career and care. Perspectives on Labour and Income 7(11), 5-15. PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Todd, S. (2004). Improving Work-Life Balance – What Are Other Countries Doing? Ottawa: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. [56 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

International

Jones, A. (2006). About Time for a Change. London: The Work Foundation. [35 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Krings, B.-J., Nierling, L., Pedaci, M. And Piersanti, M. (2009). Working time, gender and work-life balance. Leuven, Belgium: Higher Institute of Labour Studies. [85 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Watson Wyatt Worldwide. (2009). 2009/2010 North American Staying@Work Report: Health and Productivity Advantage. [35 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Pocock, B., Skinner, N., and Ichii, R. (2009). Work, Life & Workplace Flexibility: The Australian Work and Life Index 2009. Adelaide: Centre for Work + Life, University of South Australia. [82 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Skinner, N., and Pocock, B. (2008). Work, Life & Workplace Culture: The Australian Work and Life Index 2008. Adelaide: Centre for Work + Life, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. [67 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required. 

Pocock, B., Skinner, N., and Williams, P. (2007). Work, Life & Time: The Australian Work and Life Index 2007. Adelaide: Centre for Work + Life, Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. [54 pages] PDF file; Acrobat Reader required.  
 

Compiled by Emily O'Neill and Karen Rojem, BCTF Information Services.