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Seven points to include when implementing a work-life balance programme for your employees

by , 30 May 2013
'Gone are the days when employees were content to arrive at the office every morning, sit in their assigned corner and beaver away until it was time to go home in the evening,' says the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management. You need to realise your employees are valuable assets. And that's why you need to balance your company's needs with your employees' home life. Here's what you should consider when implementing a work-life balance programme in your company.

Never overlook the importance of helping your employees balance their work and home life.

'When you implement work-life balance strategies in your business, you'll get greater commitment from your employees and are likely to keep them longer,' says the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management.

This includes making your employees happy by recognising the importance of personal and family ties, helping them manage job stress and giving them clear guidelines on what's expected of them.

But to implement an effective work-life balance programme, there are seven things you must include.

Include these seven points in your work-life balance programme

According to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management, your company's work-life balance programme should include:

  1. Effective practices which benefit both your company and your employees.
  2. Acknowledging that employees work best when work and other aspects of their lives are balanced.
  3. Joint responsibility to find workable solutions between line managers and employees.
  4. 'Always ensuring that client relationships are paramount and are not affected at all by any changes to working environments,' says the Guide.
  5. Appropriate policies and practical responses to incorporate your company's specific needs.
  6. Valuing employees for their contribution to your company and not the hours that they put in.
  7. Monitoring and evaluation to ensure the programme is effective.

Including these points will help you implement an effective work-life balance programme for your employees.

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