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Graduates aim for work-life balance

Published: Wednesday, 23 January 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Larger companies may be losing out to smaller companies if they fail to pay attention to issues such as flexibility and work-life balance, according to Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

A work-life balance is an agenda which is becoming increasingly important to graduates and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly focussing on this.

Victoria Winkler, an advisor for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) said that while the ability to make an immediate contribution is of equal importance to large companies and SMEs, this will be seen as "critical when it's quite a small workforce".

She added that those small companies can offer high levels of informal learning and key hands-on experience by placing employees with different people within the organisation.

She concluded that the likelihood of small businesses paying attention to a good work-life balance would be attractive to graduates.

Elsewhere, CIPD have reported that Lloyds TSB is cutting 280 HR jobs by the end of the year to try and align HR services with individual business units.

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