You support your employees in achieving an acceptable work/life balance
 
Employees make the difference in every business and you need them to sustain their efforts over many years. Your company will gain significant benefit from a stable workforce of motivated people, willing and able to meet the challenges of their workplace- and home-lives
Key Issues
·         Creating an acceptable work life balance is an individual thing.  Everyone has a unique set of personal circumstances and aspirations
·         This balance is influenced by a number of factors:
o      Your individual/family circumstances
o      The money needed to meet your financial commitments
o      The interest and stimulation provided by your job role
o      Your individual workload and your ability to delegate tasks
o      Your personal involvement in outside interests
o      Your personal ambition and level of dedication to the business
·         Hourly paid workers generally get extra money for working time over their contracted hours, so may have different motives to staff who receive no additional payment 
·         Managers face a particularly difficult situation because their job roles are less well defined and there is an expectation that ambitious people destined for promotion show high level of commitment, through long working hours
·         Management attitudes to working long hours is changing as companies recognise the many benefits of people pursuing outside interests:
o      Reduces level of stress employees experience in the workplace
o      Allows the development of new, often transferable, skills
o      Gains recognition and rewards for achievements in different areas
o      Offers a more satisfying and fulfilling life-style
·         It is important that people are only asked to work excessively long hours to address specific, usually unforeseen issues that arise. It should not be an accepted norm
·         A person’s approach to their work/life balance will change throughout their career, but each stage requires a conscious decision to ensure it is appropriate
·         In retirement, not many people wish they had spent longer at work!
Factors for Success      
Factors to  Avoid
1.     Your managers monitor the workload of their staff to ensure that they are not preventing a balance
2.     Your managers encourage their staff to be actively involved in the community
3.     You recognise outside achievements
1.     Making excessive overtime and weekend working the norm
2.     People becoming tired and de-motivated by the length of time spent doing their job
3.     Rigidly implementing rules/conditions that prevent people pursuing outside activities
4.     Believing that time spent at work equals commitment
Who does this apply to?
All managers and team leaders
Realisable Benefits
More motivated work force, company better able to attract and retain good employees

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Sharing information with your workforce

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Appraising employees

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Reward schemes

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Work/life balance

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