Work-life balance: Is it still a new concept in private commercial banking sector of Bangladesh?

2012 IJRSM – Volume 1 Issue 2


Newaz, Mohammad Tanvi*
BRAC University, Bangladesh (

Zaman, Kanij Fatama
Northern University Bangladesh, Bangladesh (


This paper represents the current scenario of work-life balance in private commercial banks of Bangladesh which indicates a pessimistic approach has been adopted by the management. Apart from the multinational banks, most of the national banks are not aware of this concept and hardly have any policy regarding the work-life balance issues. At this moment, different socio-economic barriers and lack of human right awareness may support the management for not taking this issue seriously. However, if they want to achieve their business objectives through the development of the human resource then there is no alternative to develop the working lives of their workforce. This paper recommends management should consider the nature of business and background of employees they have employed and customize their policies with the participation of the employees. This paper also discusses some other recommendations considering the perspectives of both parties as well as the perspectives of Bangladesh.

Keywords: work-life balance; work-life conflict; private commercial bank; Bangladeshi banking sector; flexible working schedule



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