Maintaining a balance is simply accepting different roles at different stages in life with attentiveness and care and willingly accepting the responsibility and fulfiling it with complete concentration. Unfortunately, with the working trend becoming more communication based with the adoption of advanced technology, it has become more difficult to stay away from various devices and instruments that keeps someone engaged with their work life. Cooper & Rousseau (1996) has defined work life balance to achieve satisfying results and experiences in all life domains. This definition is again a different perspective from the one offered by Marks and MacDermid, but it serves the inherent need and most essential necessity to reduce the ill effects of prolonged stress and work life imbalances. Imbalance can create increased pressure on the individual to handle multiple tasks at a time and this may create more inabilities and eventual reduction of self-confidence. This in turn reduces the individual’s capacity to control his actions in his defined roles and may give in sometimes.
Looking and studying the consequences of an imbalance in work and personal life, it is becoming more imperative to strive for achieving the balance and reduce the negative health effects. Kofodimos (1993) suggests that imbalance in an individual’s work and personal has been known to arouse high level of stress, detraction from quality of life, and eventually reduces the individual’s overall effectiveness at work and in fulfilling personal responsibility.
Clark (2000) has argued that work and family life has been always been viewed as different spheres of life since they are conducted separately, which has made the distinction very sharp between work and family. This is inevitable because the responsibilities are different in different cultures and the balance also may have a different capacity. However, whatever the culture, with increased globalisation and engagement there is a line which needs to be drawn between the two spheres of life and an individual needs to switch off the working thought process when the responsibility of family life takes center-stage, and equally needs to detach from the family when working responsibilities comes into picture. Maintaining a balance is a personal choice but it is essential considering the deteriorating impacts of the imbalance in work and family life.