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Get hired by the 10 companies with best work-life balance

GET HIRED BY THE 10 COMPANIES WITH BEST WORK-LIFE BALANCE

With layoffs and job losses happening every now and then, securing a current job is top priority for many. But once the inevitable happens, and savings start to dwindle, things change quickly. Desperation can set in, priority flips and desires can change. The goal simple becomes how to get hired by another company as soon as possible. This is to either avoid a career break, or just to keep putting food on the table.

However for someone who is looking at changing from one job to another, the considerations and desperations can be different. Among other things, there can be a better scrutiny of the work-life balance offerings by different companies.

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Once desperation sets in, getting hired immediately becomes the most important huddle worth crossing.

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, such individuals will soon realize that work, and secured pay are not by themselves, the ultimate.

How much do you value getting a job and the balance that the work offers?

If you’re averse to burn-out and a healthy work-life balance is paramount to your success at work, then check out Comparably.com’s list. The list has the highest rated US companies when it comes to Work-Life Balance in 2020.

Comparably.com created the list after asking a variety of questions regarding paid time off, sick days, and overtime compensation. On average 83% of employees working in the listed companies were satisfied with their company’s approach to work-life balance. This ensured that their team does not suffer the complications that arise from on-site burnout.

The company stated that they have not enlisted employees anonymous reviews on Glassdoor to back up the aforementioned list or statistics.

Now, do you want to get hired by any of these companies? That is, if any of them provides a culture in which you believe you can thrive. Why not check out the ladders or the companies websites?

The 10 companies with the best work-life balance as listed by Comparably.com are as follows; CVS Health, Imprivata, Frontier Communications, Walmart, and TaxJar. The others are, Target, Smartsheet, Whole Foods Market, ePlus Inc, and Drfit.

Few highlights of the 10 companies with the best work-life balance

The qualities exhibited by these companies can be developed and deployed by any other company. The most difficult is having very happy team members who can openly and positively rate your organization.

To improve things in your place, start by reviewing your remote work offers, shifts system and your organization’s response to employees emergencies. Make them flexible, easy and responsive to employees personal emergencies. Also assess your response towards folks dealing with fallout related to COVID-19. From there, develop a checklist of actions to improve your performance in those areas.

Another common characteristics of the 10 companies is their work environment. Employees want to work in an environment that is relaxed, friendly and uplifting. Not a place with over demanding work, or working with a boss who breaks the spirit.

Every employee desires an organization that utilizes their experience, and exposes them to new things.

A supportive leadership crowns it all. Good leaders develops strong organizations, they do not micromanage, they communicate well, and set the direction for a good company culture.

Thank you to the teams and companies for making sure employees mental health, their families, and customers are taken care of.

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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.

Boardroom Executives Work-Life Balance – Executive Wellbeing Index

BOARDROOM EXECUTIVES WORK-LIFE BALANCE - EXECUTIVE WELLBEING INDEX

Global executives now favour the home-boardroom in order to be able to recalibrate Work-life balance. Bupa Global launched its Executive Wellbeing Index on 28 September 2020. It is the first report of its kind to look at the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on global business leaders and wealth creators. These are the executives who will shape the post-COVID world.

The new research, was commissioned among almost 2,000 high net worth individuals (HNWIs) and senior executives based across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia, in seven key regions. It highlights the extensive physical, emotional and economic fallout the pandemic has brought about.

And importantly, it examines how this unprecedented event will bring about changes that will shape the future of business, how we balance work and home life, and attitudes to wellbeing and mental health.

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Boardroom Executive Wellbeing Index – Key Highlights and Findings

Key findings from the Index include:

Mental Health Toll on Boardroom Executives

The mental health toll of the pandemic on HNWIs around the world has been high. Seven in 10 experienced poor mental health during this time – rising to eight in 10 business leaders.

For many, this was a new experience. But nearly a third of HNWIs delayed seeking help due to the pandemic – rising to 40% at boardroom level.

Re-calibration Of Focus On Wellbeing And Work-Life Balance

Vast majority of HNWIs and heads of business will be initiating shifts to re-calibrate work-life balance. This is to enable greater focus on overall wellbeing, and prevent health issues in the future for themselves and those they work with.

A Change to Working From Anywhere

Over half of board-level executives are planning not to return to the same fast pace of life. And nearly a third will continue to work mostly from home, some even working permanently from their holiday homes.

Others plan to manage down their hours (24%), spend more time with family and friends (36%), as well as cut down on travel, both for personal and environmental reasons.

A Shift To Preventive Healthcare

To prevent future health issues, executives intend to take more regular exercise (38%), maintain a better diet (32%), and make more time for meditation and mindfulness (30%).

Nearly a third will actively focus on adopting more preventative healthcare such as regular health checks, supplements and vaccinations.

Changes To Workplace Practices Towards Better Mental Health And Wellbeing

The pandemic has acted as a catalyst for change in the workplace, including greater investment in technology to enable flexible working (29%), fewer face to face meetings (25%) and decentralised teams (17%).

One in four executives commits to providing more or better mental health and wellbeing support for colleagues.

Preventative Care And Investment In Local Public And Private Healthcare Systems

Six in 10 global executives also shared that their attitudes towards their local public and private healthcare systems have improved during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven in 10 are planning to purchase private medical insurance in the next 12 months.

They are expecting greater emphasis on preventative care (including maintenance of good mental health) as well as supporting mental ill-health.

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Capita To Close Over A Third Of Offices Permanently

Capita to close over a third of offices permanently

Outsourcing firm Capita is to close over a third of its offices in the UK permanently, the BBC understands. The firm, which is a major government contractor, is to end its leases on almost 100 workplaces.

Business lobby group CBI has warned that the fall in office working is damaging city centre economies.

“It’s the biggest experiment we’ve ever had in homeworking”

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A Capita spokesman said: “We take seriously the responsibilities we have to the communities in which we operate. And are mindful of the impact that potential office closures could have on small businesses.”

“Following dialogue with our employees it has become very clear that they would like to work in a more flexible way. This will involve increased working from home. But they will still spend a significant amount of their time working from offices that are based in the heart of our local communities.”

“It’s the biggest experiment we’ve ever had in homeworking,” the CIPD’s chief executive Peter Cheese told the BBC in an interview in July. “Bosses are starting to shift towards judging output, rather than the number of hours spent in front of the computer.”

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Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis In The Making

EVOLVING PANDEMIC INDUCED HR CRISIS IN THE MAKING

valentinrussanov via Getty Images/ Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis In The Making

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Human Resources Executives have been up and doing, solving a myriad of evolving people issues. While working from home solved the problem of employees exposure to COVID-19 while in the office, or commuting; school closure created another one for them at home.

The school situation this fall is anything but normal. Parents are anxious, many are facing months of full-time or partial at-home learning. How will they juggle remote work with their children’s need for help with their virtual schooling? Will they have to choose between their jobs and their kids?

Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis Is Forcing Parents To Choose Between Their Jobs and Their Kids

The answer needs to be “no,” since these are evolving pandemic induced HR crisis. It’s on employers’ shoulders to make sure parents can continue to succeed at work and at home during these chaotic times.

By providing support to employees, companies also win in the long-term. They will have better retention of top talent and a more positive, productive culture.

This is an issue that affects the millions of parents who make up about one-third of the U.S. workforce, half of whom are currently without childcare. And it hits the more than 25 million working mothers especially hard. They are more likely than dads to leave the workforce when childcare needs can’t be met.

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Are There Plans Or Support Programs To Tackle The Evolving Pandemic Induced HR Crisis

This is nothing short of an HR crisis in the making. Yet research from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that most companies are severely lacking a plan to support working parents.

“It is not only virus induced ‘herd immunity’ that we need. We need to evolve and build stronger-healthier workplace communities through this crisis.”

Those plans must include granting employees greater autonomy and flexibility. Typically, research shows that remote workers are more productive when they’re untethered from the office. They even put in more hours on average than traditional workers.

A True Silver Lining In The Storm

If companies truly want to support parents struggling with unusual school schedules, it’s not enough to simply continue work-from-home arrangements. Below are quick tips:

Have a “life comes first” attitude. The lines between work and life are blurred for us all, whether we work in an office or out of our living room. When email, chats and texts can follow us home, it’s no longer easy to find work-life balance.

Get casual, get comfortable. Kids, pets and other household members will drop into video calls. Meetings will get canceled or cut short for family reasons, and interruptions happen. These are all realities of remote work, especially when kids are home all day.

As you’re navigating these challenging times, remember that we’re all in this together. Everyone is struggling. If your company can grant employees extra flexibility, trust and help them. Build a stronger community through this crisis.

It is not only virus induced ‘herd immunity’ that we need. We need to evolve and build stronger-healthier workplace communities through this crisis. The result will be a stronger company culture and happier, more loyal employees — a true silver lining in the storm.

The above is not the full story. Myfwl/Work Life Feed re-adapted the write up for short minutes readers. Click here to view the full original write by Larry English at www.hrdive.com. Larry English is president at Centric Consulting and the author of Office Optional: How to Build a Connected Culture With Virtual Teams.

Dubai Government Is Joining Flexible Working Train

Dubai Government to introduce flexible working for all employees

Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, inaugurates Dewa’s Future Centre for Customer Happiness at Ibn Battuta Mall. Wam / Dubai government is joining flexible working train

Dubai’s government will be introducing flexible working for all departments. According to Gulfnews, the Dubai Government Human Resources Department (DGHR) announced on Saturday, that they will activate the flexible working system across all government departments starting Sunday August 16.

Why Dubai Government Is Joining Flexible Working Train

The policy aims to increase employees’ happiness and improve their productivity. This is in line with the implementation of the directives of the Strategic Affairs Council of Dubai’s Executive Council.

According to Abdulla Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of DGHR Department, the decision aims to ensure the safety of employees, especially in emergency weather conditions.

Abdullah Al Falasi said flexible hours could help ease traffic congestion during peak hours. It will improve work-life balance, motivation and give employees more time to devote to their hobbies.

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This is in addition to helping employees achieve job well-being, reduce attendance delays, and leave permission.

Dubai Government Is Joining Flexible Working Train, Driven by COVID-19

UAE firms were previously said to be slow to adopt flexible working practices. Even though this had become popular in some of the more mature markets, like the US, UK and Singapore.

That all changed with the outbreak of Covid-19.

Cautiously like the rest of the world, Dubai government employees returned to the workplace in phases starting from May. This followed the closure of offices in March due to the coronavirus.

Starting at 30 per cent, then 50 per cent, the full workforce returned to government offices in Dubai in mid-June.

Employees with compromised immunity, those with chronic health conditions, pregnant women and people with disabilities were told they should continue to work remotely from home.

Returning employees found their workplace very different. There were signs explaining social distancing protocols and reminders to frequently sanitize their hands.

What Will Not Be Compromised Even Though Dubai Government Is Joining Flexible Working Train

In the circular issued on Saturday, the DGHR department stated the period within the flexible working hours, in the morning period, when an employee can resume for work. Work can start anytime from 6:30am until 8:30am.

This is provided that the employee shall complete the number of official working hours as determined by the government entity that the person works for.

Employees whose roles require “continuous communication” with the public, and staff working in shifts, are not eligible.

To be eligible, their department must find a way to bring in flexible hours without impacting its services. And done without prejudice to the smooth running of their work.

The circular obliged human resources departments of government entities to amend the internal regulations related to attendance and departure hours. They are to provide a mechanism for implementing the circular, so it can achieve the desired goals.

When the implementation kicks off, they are to provide periodic reports and data on the results of the new working model, and submit to DGHR.

All Encompassing Benefits

“The world is not going to change in two hours, especially in the morning. There is nothing urgent to submit in those times. So it will definitely improve productivity and give more flexibility to the employee. There is also very little risk for the employer,” said Vijay Gandhi, regional director for Korn Ferry Digital, a global consultancy firm.

“The biggest benefit in these times of flexible hours is the adaptability with family situations, especially with online schooling,” said Mr Gandhi.

Parents are being given a choice to send their kids to school or not. This allows people in Dubai Government to be more flexible at home. Productivity is not impacted negatively in any way because employees are still working the same number of hours.

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