Books: Three of a kind - A question of personal priorities

Work-Life Integration; Suzan Lewis and Cary Cooper; Wiley £24.95

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The authors are academics who have spent time working with companies to implement more work/life friendly policies. Here, they present several case studies, with details of what was going wrong, how they improved matters and the sticking points. Employees will appreciate the book's emphasis on the need to find a solution that keeps both managers and workers happy. Best of its kind.

Balance Your Life and Work; Bloomsbury £6.99

Firmly pitched at the individual, this book opens with a self-test so you can determine what your current work/life balance is like, and continues with tests, questions and tips designed to get you thinking about your priorities and values. Don't be fooled by its slim size - this book packs a lot into a short space. Best of its kind.

Work-Life Balance in the 21st Century; Diane Houston; Palgrave £50

This important book is the culmination of seven years of study, carried out by economists, psychologists and sociologists in the UK. It's not a self-help book, but an in-depth analysis of UK working practices, from stay-at-home parents and part-time workers to workaholics. Readers may gain inspiration from some of the book's case studies, and employers may find useful the discussion of flexible and part-time working. It's a valuable overview of how we live and work. Could be useful.

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