Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful WLB Strategy

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Presented at ASTD ICE 2008. 85% of employees worldwide desire greater worklife balance. Explore 5 categories of work life balance programs companies are using to gain a competitive edge in employee recruitment and retention. Includes a blueprint to uncover gaps in your strategy and identify ways to fix them.

Audio from live presentation available at iPlaybackASTD.com, session W107.

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Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful WLB Strategy

  1. 1. Session W107 Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy Michelle Sterling building b solutions Scottsdale, Arizona June 4, 2008
  2. 2. Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy <ul><li>Create a blueprint for a relevant work life balance curriculum that produces measurable results </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage the appropriate organizational partnerships to identify needs, determine objectives, develop content, and measure success </li></ul>Objectives
  3. 3. <ul><li>Australia </li></ul><ul><li>75% satisfied…but more “feel anxious” </li></ul><ul><li>WorkChoices </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Work + Life Index (AWALI) </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  4. 4. <ul><li>United Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>“Work and Life: How Business is Striking the Right Balance” by the British Chambers of Commerce </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  5. 5. <ul><li>Europe </li></ul><ul><li>“The Future of HR in Europe: Key Challenges Through 2015” by the Boston Consulting Group, SHRM, and the European Association for Personnel Management found “managing talent” to be the most critical challenge. </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  6. 6. <ul><li>Asia </li></ul><ul><li>Hong Kong culture and lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>India’s reverse brain drain </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  7. 7. <ul><li>North America </li></ul><ul><li>ConAgra foods national survey </li></ul><ul><li>Canada’s “Blackberry Blackout” </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  8. 8. <ul><li>Human Resource Development (HRD) is defined as the integrated use of: </li></ul><ul><li>training and development </li></ul><ul><li>organizational development </li></ul><ul><li>career development </li></ul><ul><li>To improve the performance of the: </li></ul><ul><li>individual </li></ul><ul><li>group </li></ul><ul><li>organization </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  9. 9. <ul><li>3 Key HRD processes for improved performance: </li></ul><ul><li>conduct needs assessments </li></ul><ul><li>identify objectives </li></ul><ul><li>define evaluation criteria </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  10. 10. <ul><li>The Business Case for Work Life Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Absenteeism </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment and Retention </li></ul><ul><li>Productivity </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Engagement </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy 1 2 3 4
  11. 11. <ul><li>Make your business case a business imperative: </li></ul><ul><li>Link to organizational goals and objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Consider tangible and intangible benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Design to meet real needs </li></ul><ul><li>Identify accountability measures </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  12. 12. Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy <ul><li>Five categories of work life balance programs: </li></ul><ul><li>Reducing work time </li></ul><ul><li>Health and wellness </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible working arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Employee and family support </li></ul><ul><li>Leave and benefit options </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Reducing Work Time </li></ul><ul><li>Limiting the amount of hours per week spent at work or on work-related activities </li></ul><ul><li>Limit overtime </li></ul><ul><li>Provide comptime </li></ul><ul><li>Proactive intervention </li></ul><ul><li>DDD policy </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  14. 14. <ul><li>Flexible Working Arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Allowing employees to have greater scheduling freedom in how they fulfill the obligations of their positions. </li></ul><ul><li>Flextime </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommuting </li></ul><ul><li>Compressed work week </li></ul><ul><li>Part-time work </li></ul><ul><li>ROWE </li></ul><ul><li>Lifecycle phases </li></ul><ul><li>Job sharing </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  15. 15. <ul><li>Leave and Benefit Options </li></ul><ul><li>Providing employee plans and policies that cover items such as health care, insurance, and time away from work to use for personal or family reasons that go beyond legal requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Vacation days </li></ul><ul><li>Sick Leave </li></ul><ul><li>Sabbaticals </li></ul><ul><li>Duvet days </li></ul><ul><li>Mandated vacation </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  16. 16. <ul><li>Employee and Family Support </li></ul><ul><li>Providing support for employees and their families in their roles and responsibilities outside of work. </li></ul><ul><li>Dependent care </li></ul><ul><li>EAPs </li></ul><ul><li>Day cares </li></ul><ul><li>Concierge services </li></ul><ul><li>Life maintenance services </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  17. 17. <ul><li>Health and Wellness </li></ul><ul><li>Offering encouragement and opportunities for employees to protect their health and overall well-being. </li></ul><ul><li>Smoking cessation </li></ul><ul><li>Health management </li></ul><ul><li>Workout facilities/gym memberships </li></ul><ul><li>Subsidized healthy meal choices </li></ul><ul><li>Wellness centers with yoga and meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Dual purpose learning </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  18. 18. <ul><li>Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Inventory your organization’s current work/life balance initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Identify strengths and opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What programs do you have that are successful? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What areas need work? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How clear are your program objectives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How are you evaluating their effectiveness? </li></ul></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  19. 19. <ul><li>3 Key Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Does it matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it require employees to apply new KSAs? </li></ul><ul><li>How will you know it’s successful? </li></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
  20. 20. <ul><li>Activity </li></ul><ul><li>Pick one current or proposed initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the 3 key questions for that initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What information is available to help you determine if it matters? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are there any KSAs that need to be addressed? What SMEs can you leverage to help with that? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your success factors? Is there data already available that you can use to benchmark against? </li></ul></ul>Applying HRD Fundamentals for a Successful Work Life Balance Strategy
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