Finding a balance between allocating one’s time for work and non-work activities is a challenge people face around the world. The global marketplace and advances in technology have played a role in requiring professionals to allocate more time to improving their job skills and knowledge in order to stay competitive. With this increase in time spent on work-related activities, there is growing interest by professionals to address work-life balance. Research has shown that employee satisfaction, productivity and ethical behaviour may be positively affected by facilitating the work-life balance of employees. This study extends prior research on work-life balance by comparing perspectives of future business professionals in the USA and Germany. The findings provide insight into the global nature of the work-life balance issue, specifically, the similarities and differences in work-life balance perspectives in different countries among the next generation who are on the brink of entering the workforce.
Keywords: work-life balance, WLB, global business, human resources, productivity, ethics, USA, Germany