Integrating Work and Life: The Wharton Resource Guide

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Strike a balance!

Practical and powerful, Integrating Work and Life offers you a treasury of learning activities that were developed by leading-edge companies and by trainers, educators, and agents of change in the public and private sectors. With this guide at your side, you can help employees to achieve both business and personal success.

Employees will learn to:

  • Clarify life priorities and examine choices
  • Act in a way that is consistent with their values
  • Create trust, goodwill, and common ground... and much more!

Plus, you can teach current managers--and future managers--about the work/life issues employees face and how to handle these issues.

This reproducible, thoughtfully assembled collection is based on a framework developed through extensive field research. It includes role plays, case studies, self-assessments, and simulations. You can quickly select the activity you need by subject area, by teaching method, or by target audience. Conduct these easy-implementation activities and enjoy tangible results!

Try a free sample activity, Clarifying Priorities and Building a Network of Support, and learn how you can make this resource work for you!

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Strike a balance!

In today's hectic society, home and work can collide, leading to dissatisfaction and poor job performance. This one-of-a-kind guide gives you the training tools you need to ease work/life strain at your organization. Plus, you can use this tool kit to educate participants in your management development and human resources management courses.

Practical and powerful, Integrating Work and Life offers you a treasury of learning activities that were developed by leading-edge companies and by trainers, educators, and agents of change in the public and private sectors. With this guide at your side, you can help employees to achieve both business and personal success.

Employees will learn to:

  • Clarify life priorities and examine choices
  • Act in a way that is consistent with their values
  • Create trust, goodwill, and common ground... and much more!


Plus, you can teach current managers - and future managers - about the work/life issues employees face and how to handle these issues. Managers will use these lessons to:
  • Communicate clear vision, goals, and performance expectations
  • Value what employees bring to the business from their multiple life roles
  • Question assumptions and encourage creative experimentation in the way work is done...and much more!


These resources can help to:
  • Enhance workplace satisfaction
  • Improve productivity
  • Boost commitment
  • Aid recruitment efforts
  • Reduce absenteeism and turnover...and more!


This reproducible, thoughtfully-assembled collection is based on a framework developed through extensive field research. It includes role plays, case studies, self-assessments, and simulations. You can quickly select the activity you need by subject area, by teaching method, or by target audience. Conduct these easy-implementation activities and enjoy tangible results! Work/life integration benefits both your work performance and your personal life.

Work is changing. Employee expectations are changing. Organizations need employees who are flexible and committed to achieving business goals; employees need organizations that are adaptable and committed to creating growth opportunities. Manage this new frontier with Integrating Work and Life.

About the Author:

STEWART D. FRIEDMAN, of the Wharton School, was recently identified by Working Mother as one of the 25 most influential men in America on work/life issues. JESSICA DEGROOT is a consultant specializing in ways to create change at a personal, managerial, and organizational level around work/life integration. PERRY M. CHRISTENSEN, a consultant for WFD Consulting, has held senior-level positions in human resources at Merck & Co. for 15 years.

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