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New Worklife Balance Ideas For Making ‘Work’ Work

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These new worklife balance ideas have been compiled as a guide. The guide profiles promising and innovative practices from 297 employers that are creating effective and flexible workplaces to make work “work” better for both the bottom line and for employees. The theme: New worklife balance ideas for making ‘work’ work.

All the employers profiled are recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

The Sloan Awards are part of When Work Works, a US nationwide initiative to bring research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility into community and business practice.

The 2014 Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work is a product of the When Work Works project. It is published and distributed jointly by Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

What Is An Effective Workplace And Why Is It important?

The concept of flexible workplaces continues to grow as a solutions-based strategy to address the changing nature of work and the increased pressure and demands of the global market. The speed of adoption of flexible workplace practices between 2014 and 2019 is far less compared to what has been achieved in 2020, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business leaders are strategizing on hybrid flexible workplace options. Governments are pleading for offices to open and for workers to return back to the offices. A plea to roll back flexible workplace practices as city centers ‘risk’ becoming ghost towns.

The drive for flexible workplace before year 2020 was the desire to create effective work environments. These are workplaces that are conducive to increased productivity, innovation, creativity and engagement. Not the all time blast of working from home or working from anywhere that COVID has engineered.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Families and Work Institute (FWI) have also found that the effort to create an “Effective Workplace” no longer means simply offering flexible arrangements – although that is one component. As businesses return back to the offices or practice a hybrid of working some days at the office and some at home, they still have to ensure effective ‘workplaces.’

Criteria Of Effective Workplaces

Businesses look at six different elements in their pursuit of an effective workplace and one that offers employees work-life balance. These six criteria of Effective Workplaces include both work and non-work factors that impacts employee work-life balance, wellness and mental wellbeing. All of them benefits both the employee and the employer.

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Why A Work-Life Balance Scoreboard?

According to a Harvard Business School survey, 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week.

“… when the assumption that everyone needs to be always available was collectively challenged, not only could individuals take time off, but their work actually benefited.”

The EU Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on Work-Life Balance (WLB). The EU WLB scoreboard cuts across three broad areas {paid work, unpaid work (care) and education and training}. These is presented with 15 indicators in six specific areas of concern.

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