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Integrating Multiculturalism in the Design and Implementation of Work-Life Balance Strategies

Integrating Multiculturalism in the Design and Implementation of Work-Life Balance Strategies
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Author(s): Ethel Ndidiamaka Abe (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa) and Isaac Idowu Abe (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 21
Source title: Contemporary Multicultural Orientations and Practices for Global Leadership
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Sulaiman Olusegun Atiku (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Namibia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6286-3.ch006

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Abstract

Globalization has affected the outlook of contemporary workforce through migration by introducing multiculturalism. Customary work-life balance strategies (WLBS) are not adequate in addressing work-family challenges faced by employees in the 21st century. This chapter furthers literature on the integration of multiculturalism in the design and implementation of WLBS to address the needs of employees in multinational corporations. A concise review of previous studies on multiculturalism and work-life balance was carried out. This chapter submits that WLBS do not address the issues of multiculturalism in managing each group challenges in accordance with their cultural backgrounds; therefore, most of these WLBS are not achieving the objectives for which they were adopted. The review of literature also noted the existence of traditional WLBS and emerging non-traditional interventions. The managerial implication of this chapter hinges on adoption of pragmatic strategies to address multiculturalism in the design and implementation of WLBS.

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