In a UK-setting the phrase 'work-life' balance has moved out of fashion. This may be largely as a result of the economic downturn post 2008 or an inherent suspicion of government-led initiatives being imposed on businesses across the board.

However, there may be more strictly economic reasons why employers may need to consider changing existing working patterns and practices.

Consider, for instance, the cost of living in London - housing, commuting, childcare etc. The implications could mean allowing people to change their working hours. Different patterns can also be used as ways to attract the best talent. Some studies suggest that productivity increases as well with greater flexibility.

So it could be suggested that in this country, it is less about work-life balance and more about hard headed business decisions.