Work-Life Balance Programs Better the Employer-Employee Relationship

(From PRWEB) — A 2008 study by Hudson Highland Group Inc. of more than 1,500 U.S. workers reported that nearly a third considered work-life balance and flexibility to be the most important factor in considering job offers. In addition, the U.S. President’s Study of American Work-Life Balance (March 2010) states that work-life balance programs “can reduce turnover and improve recruitment, increasing the productivity of an employer’s workforce. These practices are also associated with improved employee health and decreased absenteeism, a major cost for employers.” Work-life balance programs, through applications such as flexible work arrangements, employee wellness programs, telecommuting and job-sharing, can help employees feel truly connected to their companies, fostering loyalty, mutual respect and a positive work environment. Particularly since the onset of the recent recession, many employees who have been downsized have been inspired to reconnect with their family and personal interests and are actively seeking a new career conducive to work-life balance. “Flexible work programs have become business imperatives,” says Cynthia Thomas Calvert, co-founder and senior advisor, Project for Attorney Retention. “The changing demographics of the workforce mean the workplace has no choice but to change as well. Employers that support innovative scheduling, with no stigma attached to its use, have a clear edge in recruiting, retention, productivity, and customer service – in short, they win.” Read more.

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Fundamentals of Work-Life Balance

How well employees balance the demands of work and personal life can have a significant effect on the productivity of an organization. This issue offers a work-life plan by providing tips and tools to help define what having a balanced life means for you, and helping you achieve it. In addition, this issue provides tips on creating a personal mission statement and envisioning an ideal life.

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Why we work and Managing Work-Life Balance and Thriving in Hyper-Competition

This article presents some thoughts and reflections on why people work and how much work has become central to our lives. We examine the various aspects of work and careers and present some suggestions that can be followed to maintain a healthy work life balance. The key theme in this article is that inherent tension between working for a living and living to work.

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Why Organizations must Encourage Work Life Balance and Why Professionals must Embrace it ?

This article discusses the need for a healthy work-life balance and outlines the reasons for organizations to encourage such a balance and more importantly, makes a case for professionals to embrace it. The key theme in this article is that while one can pursue one’s ambition and make the most of the chances by working harder, it is also the case that unless one remains fit and healthy, the longer-term costs and consequences would wipe out all the gains.

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