No two countries are the same, each has its own unique culture and identity.
Through work life balance we must integrate cultural diversity as a basic principle.
Today, Globalisation has made it possible to connect cultures and countries without having to determined common rules of behavior and business models.
Management models, although affected by globalisation, remain highly determined by national cultures, thus attitudes and behaviors somehow vary less than what globalisation requires.
Beliefs, values, needs, experiences and expectations determine a country’s culture. It is therefore important to take these aspects into consideration when dealing with cultural diversity.
In the specific case of work life balance, these aspects must be taken into account so that the relationship with the employees is balanced. Thus, the measures used to facilitate personal, familial and professional work life balance should be specifically designed according to the local culture, so that they become an added value of the company for its employees.
Looking at Europe we can identify different models of work life balance, some are descendants of their models of social democracy, as the Scandinavian countries teach us, where work life balance is an integral part of companies’ corporate culture.