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Work-Life Balance and the Impact of Remote Working

Consider the influence of remote working on your work-life balance.

511 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

Explore the history and outcomes of a work-life balance in employed individuals

Working individuals often find themselves juggling between their work and social lives, aiming for the ever-elusive work-life balance. This course focuses on the context in which work-life balance has grown, comparing the key theories of work-life conflict, work-life integration and enrichment, and boundary management.

It also investigates the future of work, evaluating how technology allows individuals to work more flexibly, but in the meantime risking less time to switch off and recover from work. Flexible working practices as a means to enhance your work-life balance are also discussed.

What topics will you cover?

  • Work-life balance
  • What are the key antecedents of work-life balance?
  • What are the key outcomes of a work-life balance?
  • What are the organisational, supervisory and individual issues?
  • What can be done at both individual and organisational levels?
  • Links between work-life balance and remote e-working
  • Use of flexible working arrangements by organisations as a means to enhance work-life balance
  • Relevant laws and legislation that organisations should consider

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Develop a broad understanding of the context in which work-life balance has grown
  • Explain your understanding of both the academic and business-related definitions and issues surrounding the study of work-life balance
  • Discuss and compare the key theories underpinning theoretical studies of work-life balance: work-life balance, conflict and enrichment
  • Identify the future of work: working anywhere at any given time, using technology
  • Evaluate how technology is affecting individuals’ switching-off and recovery from work
  • Describe how the concept of work-life balance is related to issues caused by remote e-working
  • Discuss flexible working practices as a means to enhance work-life balance

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at people who are looking to further understand the key factors for a work-life balance, and what can be done in an organisation to achieve this.

Please note that the staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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