APA Center for Organizational Excellence: Work-Life Balance

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Work-Life Balance

Programs and policies that facilitate work-life balance acknowledge that employees have responsibilities and lives outside of work and help individuals better manage these multiple demands. Conflict between work and other life responsibilities can diminish the quality of both work and home life for employees, which in turn can affect organizational outcomes such as productivity, absenteeism, and turnover. Efforts to help employees improve work-life balance can improve morale, increase job satisfaction and strengthen employees’ commitment to the organization. Additionally, the organization may reap benefits in terms of increased productivity and reduction in absenteeism, presenteeism and employee turnover.

Programs and policies that can promote work-life balance include:

  • Flexible work arrangements, such as flextime and telecommuting
  • Assistance with childcare
  • Eldercare benefits
  • Resources to help employees manage personal financial issues
  • Availability of benefits for family members and domestic partners
  • Flexible leave options beyond those required by the Family and Medical Leave Act

Example:

Organization: Silverado Senior Living – Aspen Park

Program: Senior Living for All Ages

Results:

  • Employee well-being
  • Organizational performance
  • Commitment
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Satisfaction
  • Lower turnover
  • Client satisfaction

Click here to read more about Silverado Senior Living – Aspen Park, a 2003 state-level award winner from Utah and one of APA’s 2004 Best Practices Honorees.

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Nelson Burns
CEO
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