The assessment item is based on the case study titled Flexibility and work-life balance: who benefits? (pg. 315-316 of textbook: Human Resource Management in Australia (5th Ed., 2014) by Kramar, Bartram, De Cieri, Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart & Wright, McGraw-Hill Australia). You should read, and carefully analyse, the case and respond to the issues presented at the end of the case study within the context of an argumentative essay. You are required to support your argument with appropriate theoretical discussion and references. This assignment MUST be a properly constructed academic essay. It should contain an effective introduction, body, and conclusion. The body should present the evidence you have collected to support your argument, and the conclusion should restate your argument, summarise the evidence and make a conclusion regarding your argument. You are required to support your argument with appropriate theoretical discussion and references. The essay should contain a coherent and critical review of the academic literature on the Human Resource Management topics in question. The literature review should be integrated into the essay, not a separate section. A reference list is compulsory. Further information regarding formatting of assignments and other information is available at https://www.cqu.edu.au/student-life/services-and-facilites/referencing This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of Human Resource Management (HRM) concepts and utilisation of academic literature. AVOID using Page 9 of 10 only textbooks, however, the prescribed textbook for the course should be cited in regard to broad HRM principles. You will be expected to present information and evidence from, and cite, at LEAST fifteen (15) relevant peer-reviewed, academic journal articles (twelve relevant and well applied academic articles will gain a pass mark for this criterion). Refer to your recommended readings for examples of academic journals. While you can cite these you must find fifteen (15) journal articles not listed in the course materials. Your citations will show the breadth and depth of the literature used to answer the questions. Your marker is interested in the analysis that you have developed from YOUR review of the literature and how well you use the literature to respond to the topic. Tasks Case Study: Flexibility and work-life balance: who benefits? (pg. 315-316 of the textbook) Based on the above mentioned case study, write an essay entitled “Work-Life Balance” to critically discuss the following questions: 1. Do you agree with Juliet Bourke that the use of flexibility has moved away from its original paradigms? 2. Critically discuss the implications of excessive working hours on the performance of employees and managers. 3. Analyse ways in which employers could facilitate work-life balance during an economic downturn.