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Susan M. Heathfield

Work-Life Balance: Ignore at Your Peril

By June 9, 2013

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Recognize the most significant component of our June celebration of Professional Wellness Month? Work-life balance. It is a major recruiting and retention factor for younger employees.

No longer willing to dedicate their lives to work, as many perceive their parents did, professional wellness has taken on a new meaning that encompasses time for all of life's activities for these, especially Gen Y or millennial employees. Products of structured lives, every minute of which was filled with scheduled activities, these employees will only thrive when work balances life.

Employers will ignore this at their peril. In one major computer company, 55% of employees telecommute from home offices. Increasing numbers of employers allow flexible work schedules. With the right policies and expectations in place, these work relationships are successful. They promote success for employers and employees. I'll continue to explore these options with you. Their importance is increasing and creates a tidal wave of new expectations for employers.

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