Life Work Balance in the Context of the Navy
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The objective of this study is to compare male and female Sailors' understandings, definitions and desires regarding life-work balance and recommend policies and practices to support the balance of work and life roles in the context of Naval careers in order to improve the retention of female Sailors, in particular. In short, this study will explore, "How do Sailors define life-work balance in the context of their Naval careers?" and “What policies and practices are likely to support life- work balance in the Navy?” This study adds to current knowledge of the meaning and role of life-work balance for the Navy’s sailors and make practical recommendations to improve perceptions and achievement of life- work balance. Life-work balance is widely recognized in academic studies and studies specific to the Navy as a key driver of organizational commitment and retention. Conflicting definitions of life-work balance remain and, extant definitions may not fully apply in the context of a Navy career. A lack of a Navy-specific definition may limit the utility of policies and practices based on conflicting understandings. Increased knowledge, in particular, a Navy specific definition, will enhance understanding, and thereby guide recommendations for policy and practice specific to the U.S. Navy as well as provide direction for studies.
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