An Investigation into What Prevents or Discourages Employees at The United Nations Development Programme Yemen from Utilizing Available Flexible Working Arrangements

First Advisor

Ann Viets


In the following paper, I have examined what prevents employees in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Yemen from utilizing available flexible working arrangement which would potentially enhance their work/life balance. The fact employees were not making maximum use of this benefit was perplexing to UND management because a 2007 UNDP Yemen Global Staff Survey (GSS) showed a huge drop in the level of satisfaction in regards to work/life balance among staff. Based on management studies, it is important for organizations and companies to look at the needs and concerns of their staff in order to achieve both staff commitment and happiness and organizational objectives and goals (Bolman & Deal, 2003).

This study was conducted at UNDP Yemen, and involved all employees from all departments and levels. It aimed to identify challenges faced by employees in achieving work/life balance despite the availability of flexible working arrangements. It addresses the major obstacles perceived by employees to realizing the work-life balance potentially afforded by flexible working days and hours. It provides some recommendations that would assist the organization in increasing the utilization rate of flexible working schedules by employees so they could feel more satisfied with their work-life balance and hence, be more productive. The study also highlights the role that senior management should play to effectively manage and promote the use of flexible working arrangements.


Business Administration, Management, and Operations | Human Resources Management

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