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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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Pandemic Prompts Work-Life Overhaul For World’s Business Leaders

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Click to read: Pandemic Prompts Work-Life Overhaul For World’s Business Leaders

Source: PR Newswire

Snippet: Bupa Global’s Executive Wellbeing Index reveals that 94% of global executives are planning a major overhaul of their work-life balance.

Over half do not plan to return to the same fast pace of life; one in three intends to work from home permanently, and one in five will even work from their holiday home. While over a quarter (26%) will stop all business travel for 12 months.

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Business Lunch Will Be Back – Zoom Can’t Replace Everything

Worklife Daily_BUSINESS LUNCH WILL BE BACK - ZOOM CAN'T REPLACE EVERYTHING

Click to read: Business Lunch Will Be Back – Zoom Can’t Replace Everything

Source: Washington Post

Snippet: For white-collar workers, so much of work life in the past six months has gone virtual. We Zoom and Slack our way through interactions that used to happen in conference rooms and in cubicle huddles. But there is no online substitution for the essential function of the business lunch, which is to put humans in face-to-face contact in a relaxed, neutral setting.

Business lunches will no doubt become less frequent as more people work from home, but they may take on more importance.

There are some kinds of tasks, projects and periods of time where in-person collaboration is optimal. Organizations are going to be much more deliberate to create face time for them. Some business lunches will be in that category. People will reserve a special place for them.

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Be Honest: You Miss Your Co-Workers

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Click to read: Be Honest: You Miss Your Co-Workers

Source: Entrepreneur

Snippet: Be honest, you miss your co-workers even though working from home (WFH) has its benefits. Working remotely can feel too remote, almost like being stranded on a deserted island.

Particularly in Western culture, our professions are synonymous with how we identify ourselves. Even with this outsized importance placed on only one aspect of our lives, we still fail to recognize just how important those other people in our profession are to our mental and emotional wellbeing. Love them or hate them, your co-workers do you a great service in helping you meet one of your basic human needs: social interaction.

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Is A Lateral Move Bad For Your Career?

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Click to read: Is A Lateral Move Bad For Your Career?

Source: Clearance Jobs

Snippet: Sometimes making a good career move does not always equate to moving upward. In some circumstances, the best move you can make is a lateral move.

We live in a society where we feel like if we are not moving up or moving forward constantly, that is a bad thing. Some call it being stuck in a rut or being in a funk, but it is not always a bad thing to find positions that are similar to your current title.

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Career-Focused People Who Prioritise Making Money Are More Likely To Be Lonely

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Click to read: Career-Focused People Who Prioritise Making Money Are More Likely To Be Lonely

Source: DailyMail

Snippet: Those who focus their lives on accumulating wealth are more likely to end up lonely — as they sacrifice social time with loved ones in order to work — a study has found. Experts from the US explored why basing one’s self-esteem around financial success — the so-called ‘Financial Contingency of Self-Worth’ — can have drawbacks.

According to the team, pursuit of money in itself is not inherently problematic, but the impact such has on much-needed social connections can be. ‘When people base their self-worth on financial success, they experience feelings of pressure and a lack of autonomy,’ said paper author and psychologist Lora Park of the University of Buffalo.

The findings, they added, emphasise the importance of maintaining social networks and personal relationships — alongside other goals — for one’s mental health.

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Industrial boom, remote-work emphasis puts Tulsa on the map

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Click to read: Industrial Boom, Remote-Work Emphasis Puts Tulsa On The Map

Source: Foxbusiness

Snippet: Tulsa is setting the stage for an industrial boom, and young people are flocking to seize growing employment opportunities. The Oklahoma city has been burgeoning with multibillion-dollar company developments from American Airlines to Amazon. A recent bid from Tesla’s Elon Musk put the city on the map to an even greater scale.

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Onboarding During COVID: New Hires Grapple With Office Politics From Home

Worklife Daily_ONBOARDING DURING COVID NEW HIRES GRAPPLE WITH OFFICE POLITICS FROM HOME

Click to read: Onboarding During COVID: New Hires Grapple With Office Politics From Home

Source: Reuters

Snippet: Joining a new company can be tough at the best of times, with bosses to impress, skills to learn and new colleagues to befriend. But that task becomes a whole lot harder when the “onboarding” is done during a pandemic that has forced millions to work from home, leaving new hires to judge colleagues on their taste in curtains and conduct on Zoom.

The companies that get it right should have an expanded, grateful workforce, but get it wrong and new hires could find it hard to […]

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How Managers Can Recognize Burnout Remotely

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Click to read: How Managers Can Recognize Burnout Remotely

Source: Fortune

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Toxic Workplace Wisdom From A Stress-Busting Firm

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Click to read: Toxic Workplace Wisdom from a Stress-Busting Accounting Firm

Source: Praxity

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