Balancing

Work|Life
What? Why?? & How???
Does this Sound Familiar?
Employers say...
“Juggling competing demands is tiring if not stressful and brings

lower productivity, sickness, and abse...
What?
A state of equilibrium in
which the demands of both
a

person’s

job

personal life are equal.

and
Factors Contributing...
Three major factors contribute to the interest in, and the
importance of, serious consideration of...
Terms Used Regarding Work|Life
Balance
• Work/family

• Work/life programs

• Work/life initiatives

• Work/life balance f...
Perception towards WLB
Misperceptions
1. It’s a private issue.

2. It’s a parenting issue
3. It’s a women’s issue
4. It’s a stage in life
5. It’s...
What’s in it for Employers?
• Increased absenteeism

• Increased employee turnover
• Reduced productivity
• Increased disa...
Workable Options
• Telecommuting

• Alternative work schedules
• Compressed workweek
• Voluntary part-time reduced
hours
•...
Build-Your-Own Balance Plan
Step 1- Check it out: Needs assessment

1. Questions you need to ask

2. How to find the answe...
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Work life balance

  1. 1. Balancing Work|Life What? Why?? & How???
  2. 2. Does this Sound Familiar?
  3. 3. Employers say... “Juggling competing demands is tiring if not stressful and brings lower productivity, sickness, and absenteeism, so work/life balance is an issue for all employees and all organizations.” “Successful business leaders do more than just balance the books—they also help their employees to balance work-life issues.”
  4. 4. What? A state of equilibrium in which the demands of both a person’s job personal life are equal. and
  5. 5. Factors Contributing... Three major factors contribute to the interest in, and the importance of, serious consideration of work/life balance: 1) Global competition 2) Renewed interest in personal lives/family values 3) An aging workforce.
  6. 6. Terms Used Regarding Work|Life Balance • Work/family • Work/life programs • Work/life initiatives • Work/life balance from the employer viewpoint • Work/family culture • Work/family conflict • Work/life balance from the employee viewpoint • Family-friendly benefits
  7. 7. Perception towards WLB
  8. 8. Misperceptions 1. It’s a private issue. 2. It’s a parenting issue 3. It’s a women’s issue 4. It’s a stage in life 5. It’s “fifty-fifty” 6. Work and life are separate domains. 7. Technology will help. 8. Little can be done
  9. 9. What’s in it for Employers? • Increased absenteeism • Increased employee turnover • Reduced productivity • Increased disability costs • Increased health costs • Reduced job satisfaction • Increased managerial stress • Impaired family/social relationships.
  10. 10. Workable Options • Telecommuting • Alternative work schedules • Compressed workweek • Voluntary part-time reduced hours • Phased-in retirement Flex the Time • Leaves • Dependent care • Employee assistance programs • Wellness programs Flex the Place Flex the Benefits Flex the Job • Job redesign • Job sharing • Job rotation
  11. 11. Build-Your-Own Balance Plan Step 1- Check it out: Needs assessment 1. Questions you need to ask 2. How to find the answers Step 2 - Figure it out: Plan the right mix 1. A Custom fit 2. A culture fit 3. Policy guidelines Step 3 - Try it out: Implementation Measuring return on investment Step 4 - Spell it out: Communication Employee proposals Step 5 - Work it out: Lead by example Manager buy-in: Paths to enlightenment

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