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Wednesday, 25 September, 2002, 12:39 GMT 13:39 UK
Quiz: Do work and life balance?
Work-life balance scales graphic
It's Work-Life balance week, when workers are encouraged not to let their work lives take over their personal and home lives. Is it a serious problem or just trendy management psychobabble? Take our test and then decide.
From next April, bosses must consider requests by workers who want flexible hours so they can look after their children under six. Which one of these reasons can they NOT use to turn down the request?
A: Extra cost
B: Inability to work out the rota
C: Employee not having good enough work record
D: Impact on quality of product
What do working parents feel has the most detrimental effect on family life, according to researchers?
A: Long hours in the evening
B: Unexpectedly being called into work
C: Sunday working
D: Tiredness from long hours
Some parents continue working after having children, while some give up their jobs. Who, according to a survey, are the most stressed?
A: Working parents
B: Parents who stay at home
C: They have about the same stress levels
Which is the most common reason for people working long hours?
A: Extra money
B: Enhanced career prospects
C: Because they have to
D: Because they risk losing job if they don't
Some firms use "concierge services", which help their employees focus on work by assisting with their home commitments, such as letting plumbers in, taking deliveries, even collecting dry cleaning. What would be a typical cost to a company of such a service?
A: £50 per employee per year
B: £200 per employee per year
C: £500 per employee per year
Job-seeking graduates rate which of the following as their main priority in choosing employers:
A: Good work-life balance
B: Salary
C: Career prospects
D: Perceived "coolness" of the employer's brand
Presenteeism is an office culture typified by:
A: Always having to buy presents for colleagues who are leaving because of stress brought on by long hours
B: Employees feeling the most important thing is that they are present, working long hours, rather than what they achieve
C: Making judgments based on their immediate impact and not really considering the long term effect
Many people find an "FWA" is the key to a good work-life balance. But what does it mean?
A: Female With Attitude - women bosses more likely to be progressive than men
B: Flexible Working Arrangement - giving time off when you need it
C: Full Workplace Accessibility - being able to go into the office at unusual times when it suits
More women than men change their jobs to give them flexibility for their personal life, according to a study. But how many times more women than men?
A: Two times
B: Three times
C: Four times
D: Five times
In just eight years, BT saved £220m by encouraging people to work from home. Compared to their office-based colleagues, were those people:
A: Happier and more productive
B: Happier but less productive
C: More miserable but more productive
D: More miserable and less productive
E: About the same
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24 Sep 02 | Business
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