It's not my job as an employer to help my employees balance their work with their life needs. It's the responsibility of the employees.
But, there are ways in which the employer can support and encourage employees to attain the work and life balance that they seek. Probably the most important option that an employer can provide for employees is a flexible work schedule.
A flexible work schedule allows employees to fit other life needs into their day. For example, a mom might choose to arrive at work early so that she can pick her children up at school and shepherd them to after school activities. A dad, in the same family, might choose to come in to work later so that he can deliver the kids to daycare and school. A flexible schedule gives parents and others more options. This is especially appropriate in jobs where specific work hours really don't matter.
While choices such as teleworking are becoming more common, teleworking is not appropriate or possible for evey job. When it is, teleworking is the flexible schedule option that employees value tremendously.
For example, a New York City online publishing company allows employees to telework two days a week. This saves inestimable time, dollars, and commuting stress for employees who live all over the boroughs and even in New Jersey. It enables office collaboration time three days a week. Employee work balance is ensured. Teleworking may be in your employees' future.
If you look creatively at the options you offer for your employees, small changes might help you encourage employee work balance. Here are my top 10 places to start if providing a work environment that allows employees to seek work-life balance is your goal.
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