October is National Work and Family Month

work_life_balance_sign_thumbOctober is National Work and Family month. The Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) , sponsored the work-life-balance initiative, which was passed by Congress in 2003. National Work and Family month recognizes the importance of employer-sponsored work-life programs in attracting, motivating and retaining top talent.

Though employers may scoff at such perceived “perks” in the current economic environment, organizations that incorporate work-life programs report that such programs help to create more effective workplaces. Flexible work arrangements provide enhanced employee performance and show that employers care about the well-being of their workforce.

With an increase in single-parent households and homes where both parents are wage earners, businesses must proactively incorporate work-life initiatives into their business models.  The Families & Work Institute released a study last Spring, the 2008 National Study of Employers, which showed that employers are rapidly adjusting to the demands of the family-oriented employee. Proponents of work-life programs say that such initiatives reduce turnover, absenteeism, and stress-related illnesses, as well as contribute to increased productivity.

young_businesspp2_thumb_1  Moreover, work-life balance is critical to attracting Gen Y workers, who don’t understand the rigidity of the 9-to-5 work week created by Baby Boomers. Study after study have shown that Millennial employees work best when they can set their own hours to get work accomplished. Our department  has written numerous posts on recruiting, managing, and retaining Millenials.

If your company is already implementing such a program, you can nominate it for AWLP’s Work-Life Innovative Excellence Award – nominations are being accepted until November 15, 2008. If you think your company could do better, take AWLP’s self-audit, help you identify ways in which you can help your workplace balance the work-life dynamic and enjoy all of the benefits of an engaged workforce.

For more information on Work-Life balance, Alternative Work Schedules, the pros and cons, and implementation please read:

  1. Feds Take a Cue from the States and Consider the 4-Day Workweek
  2. 35 Questions You Should Ask When Drafting a Compressed Work Week Policy
  3. Positive Benefits of a Four-Day Work Week
  4. 5 Steps Toward a More Flexible Workplace
  5. Should a Four-Day Work Week Be Mandatory*
  6. It’s Saturday Today in Utah: 4 Day Work Week
  7. Alternatives to the Four Day Work Week
  8. Popularity of the 4-day Week Continues to Grow
  9. Will Four-Day School Week Push the Four-Day Work Week Trend?
  10. Utah’s Mandatory 4-Day Work Week Will Save the World. Sort of.
  11. Alternative Work Arrangement May Soon Become Mandatory
  12. I Hate To Say “I Told You So”–The 4-Day Workweek Is a Hot Topic
  13. How the Current Economy Could Affect the Future of Flextime
  14. New Employer & Workplace Study on Flexible Schedules
  15. The Pros and Cons of a 4-Day Workweek: Cons
  16. New Survey on Workplace Lateness Supports Flextime Initiatives?