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Work life balance in the public sector - positive examples and risk factors

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Public institutions are obliged to create conditions that enable their employees to achieve a healthy balance between their personal and professional lives. How well have central government authorities managed to meet this obligation? What advantages and disadvantages do they see in promoting a healthy work-life balance? These were some of the questions discussed at the Work-Life Balance in the Public Sector conference, organised in Brno, where we gave a presentation back in November 2017.

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Work life balance in the public sector - positive examples and risk factors

  1. 1. Work-Life Balance in the public sector: positive examples and risk factors 2ND NOVEMBER�2017�- BRNO� Office of the Public Defender of Rights
  2. 2. Presentation content Give an insight into the bigger picture of work-life balance Highlight examples in different areas that worked for others Point to potential risk factors and pitfalls to avoid Help you get started or improve existing initiatives 1 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved. Our intention with this presentation:� Questions and discussion
  3. 3. The Business Case for work-life balance 2 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved. 1. Diagnosis, understanding challenges and paint points � �1.1 The nature of the work � �1.2 The culture of the organisation � �1.3 The departments involved (next slide) 2. Work-Life Advisory Group and Leadership buy-in 3. Success Factors 4. Designing Information collection 5. Calculate the Business Case 6. Communication
  4. 4. Who is in the driver seat?� Gender equality, diversity, attracting and retaining talent, performance. HR Mental health, physical health, maternal health, prevention.� OHS Existing systems,�current infrastructure, cloud, mobile.� IT Data privacy,�anti- discrimination, �transparency. LEGAL Space as a multi- functional service, activity-based working. FACILITIES 3 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved.
  5. 5. Improving the take-up of parental leave 4 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved. PARENTAL DISCRIMINATION Stigmatisation, demotion, termination.� Gender mainstreaming - HR/wellbeing Attraction and retention �of talent -�"Familienb�ro"
  6. 6. The Way We Work (Flexible Working) 5 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved. RECRUITMENT All the jobs advertised as full time work only - even if they can be done flexibly or even part time.� Underused space and desk occupancy,� poor document management, overlapping working practices� -�Facilities, HR, IT PRESENTEEISM Overwork and/or unrealistic workload, long- hours culture.
  7. 7. Job-sharing in the civil service 6 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved. MISCOMMUNICATION Who is it for, what does it mean for the person, their career, the service.� Equal opportunities employer; pride in a brilliant civil service -�HR, Diversity, IT Variable need, gender equality� -�HR, Diversity, IT
  8. 8. Employee Assistance programmes and Resource groups 7 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved. REDUCED JOB PERFORMANCE Conflict resolution, workplace interventions, family counselling, trauma management� Absenteeism, high turnover, high health related costs -�HR, OHS Link: http://www.manitoba.ca/csc/aboutcsc/efap/wellness.html
  9. 9. Innovative services 8 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved. "FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH" Overburdening employees with many initiatives, that don't seem to be connected or add up.� House of Workability -�HR,�OHS, Wellbeing, IT Service quality, space and staff issues -�HR,�Leadership, Facilities
  10. 10. Best Places to Work in the Federal Government 9 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved. TEMPORARY SOLUTION Developing an Organization-Wide Culture of Compliance (values, leadership, rituals ..) Lack of transparency, undefined goals and objectives, high turnover, attraction problems� -�HR, OHS Link: http://bestplacestowork.org/BPTW/index.php
  11. 11. Key take-aways:� 10 | Copyright � 2017 the WorkLife HUB SPRL. All rights reserved. 1. 2. 3. 4. Don't let fear paralyse you! Start small, learn from your mistakes and roll-out.� Whatever you are planning to do - there is a big chance it has been done before. Identify indicators early on, what are you going to measure and report.� Continuous communication is mission critical!
  12. 12. Thank you for your attention! Agnes Uhereczky Executive Director the WorkLife HUB au@worklifehub.com Zoltan Vadkerti Executive Director the WorkLife HUB zv@worklifehub.com www.worklifehub.com

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