How Organizations Promote Work-Life Balance: Definition and Common Practices Video

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Instructor: Jennifer Lombardo
The overall trend in organizations to keep employee turnover rates down is to offer significant programs that provide a work-life balance. A work-life balance is an organizational concept that empowers employees to split time and energy between work and other important areas of their life successfully.

The Work-Life Balance

The overall trend in organizations to keep employee turnover rates down is to offer significant programs that provide a work-life balance. A work-life balance is an organizational concept that empowers employees to split time and energy between work and other important areas of their life successfully. Companies can implement specific work-life practices within their organization to increase morale, productivity and profits.

The starting point for any organization trying to establish work-life practices for their employees is to conduct a survey to gather what important factors are important to improve employees' overall work. Restful Sleep Hotel chain has finished an extensive survey with all of their employees on work-life practices. They are announcing the new practices at the weekly conference. Let's take a look at some examples of how a company can adopt beneficial work-life practices.

Dependent Care

Many employees have concerns about childcare while they are working. In addition, more employees are also having the need to care for aging parents as well. Restful Sleep Hotel found that a dependent care program was the most popular request from their employees. This type of program is when a company provides a benefit that gives employees caregiving services with pretax dollars, onsite dependent care or time off to care for family members. Employees can utilize services for children, the elderly or disabled.

John and Joan Smith are married, and both work for the hotel. They have two children who require daycare and are spending close to $1,000 a month. Restful Sleep Hotel announced at the conference that they have decided to offer onsite daycare in a newly-refurbished section of the corporate office. The cost will be free to all employees.

The Smiths are ecstatic with the new daycare option. They also will become more productive since they will be happy knowing that their children are located only one floor down from their offices. The Smiths even have lunch with their children, leading to a big increase in their morale. The Smiths will benefit from the next work-life practice that the hotel is adopting.

Flexible Work Arrangement

The second most requested benefit on the survey to improve work-life balance was in regards to offering a flexible work arrangement, where employees are able to work flexible hours or days instead of a traditional nine-to-five workday. Restful Sleep Hotel recognized the importance of offering this option to improve work-life balance. Many of the employees wanted to work earlier when their kids were in school and be at home in the early afternoon. The hotel announced that employees were able to work one day a week from home and could work flexible hours the other four days.

For example, accountant Dave likes to get to the office by 7 A.M. and be home by 3 P.M. to coach his son's baseball team. As long as employees work eight hours a day, they have the flexibility of choosing their start and finish time. The next benefit that the hotel will offer impacts vacation and personal time.

Leave of Absence/Vacation

Most companies follow the basic state guidelines for vacation or leave time. In order to improve work-life balance, the hotel is improving their absence and vacation policy. Every employee's vacation is increased to three weeks in length, and in addition, there are other opportunities for extended leave. The hotel will continue health benefits and allow employees to take a leave for community service, education or bereavement situations. They also now offer six months paid maternity and paternity leave.

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