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Nkomo, S. M., McAfee B. R., & Fottler M. D. (2000).  Applications in Human Resource Management: Cases, Exercises, and Skill Building.
"This article (in Business Week) identified a number of family-oriented policies and programs followed by 24 leading companies. Among the most significant of these were modifications in the company culture, executive development to enhance 'sensitivity', child care, sick care, women on the board, career development policies, family-leave policies, maternity leave with partial pay, modified work and family benefits, flexible benefits, hiring a 'pluralistic' workforce, job sharing, mentoring programs, and part-time professional and/or executive positions...
In response to employee criticism and the potential for negative publicity, the board of trustees made a decision to establish a 'Task Force on the Work / Family Interface.'" (p. 87)
Brinkman, R., & Kirschner R. (2002).  Dealing with people you can't stand: how to bring out the best in people at their worst.
"All of these intents, getting it done, getting it right, getting along, and getting appreciation have their time and place in our lives. Often, keeping them in balance leads to less stress and more success. To get it done, take care to get it done right. If you want it done right, avoid complications by making sure everyone is getting along. For a team effort to succeed, each party much feel valued and appreciated." (p. 19)
Auw, A. (1999).  The Gift of Wounding: Finding Hope and Heart in Challenging Circumstances.
"Balance is the key to truth rather than one rigid position or judgement. Balance can be experienced only after examining many different sides of an issue, and measuring their worth and integrity. We begin that process by recognizing from the outset that there are other sides and perceptions and that we want to learn from these, as well as from our own knowledge and experience." (p. 48)
Williamson, M., & Secretan L. (2000).  Imagine : what America could be in the 21st century : visions of a better future from leading American thinkers.
"People want it all. They feel, quite understandably, that is is their birthright. They want the fast life of converging technology, global roaming, rising opportunities, adrenaline-pumping challenges, and life at Web speed—and they want to spend time with their families and friends, meditate, keep fit, relax, and play. It's not about work/life balance; it's about the complete integration of work and life, a holistic, seamless fit between these two and every other aspect of life. The new-story leader encourages employees to engage their creative juices while they are walking along a beach, or to shop for groceries online while they are at work and not be self-conscious—indeed, to be unaware of the difference. Life is whole, not seperated into two solitudes called 'work' and 'life'. " (p. 129)
Allen, D. (2008).  Making it All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life. 322. Abstract
"But to my thinking there is an inherent fallacy in affirming that 'life' and 'work' are mutually exclusive spheres. The truth is, when you are 'in your zone'—when time has disappeared and you're simply 'on' with whatever you're doing—there is no distinction between 'work' and 'personal'." (p. 58)
Charlesworth, E. A., & Nathan R. G. (1985).  Stress Management: A Comprehensive Guide to Wellness.
"Are You Sitting on a Two-Legged Stool?
Most of us are striving for a happy and meaningful life. Balance is needed to achieve and maintain such a life. Balance means that you avoid building your life around one person or one thing, no matter how wonderful it may seem. If you do, no matter who or what it is, losing it could be devastating." (p. 186)
Twerski, A. J. (2009).  Without a Job, Who Am I?: Rebuilding Your Self When You've Lost Your Job, Home, Or Life Savings.
"Everything in life has a purpose, and when anything is used for the purpose for which it was designed, it will serve its natural function in life. However, if you have unrealistic expectations of something, making excessive demands of it and placing a greater burden on it than it was meant to carry, your life will fall out of balance. This is the case for people who have staked too much of their identity on their career or material things. If one has demanded that a job or stock portfolio answer the question 'Who am I?' then of course one reacts with fear and anxiety when the 'answer' is taken away. Just as exercise and meditation can reduce anxiety, so can the restoration of balance." (p. 71)

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  • Concept: balance
    • preferred: balance
    • note: (harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design)) "in all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance"- John Ruskin
    • related: time
    • narrower: work-life_balance
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      • in scheme:
      • gloss: a state of equilibrium
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      • sense: balance
      • synset id: 114002279
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