A positive work-life balance is important, it has been suggestedEncouraging a healthy balance between work and home life is something employers should seek to do by setting a good example themselves, one expert has claimed.

Ben Willmott, senior public policy advisor for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, said bosses should try to leave the office on time and take as many breaks as possible to create a positive environment.

"People do need a break and time to recharge," he explained, adding: "I think that also goes in terms of the more basic stuff, like working through your lunch break."

Warning signs Mr Willmott advised managers to look out for included staff members sending emails when they are either on holiday or it is the middle of the night.

While they should be commended for their commitment, this kind of behaviour will have an adverse impact on their productivity in the long run, he stated.

The CIPD recently called on businesses to introduce a minimum training wage for interns.

Posted by Colette Paxton