One of the defining features of a modern working mum is having a healthy work/life balance. However, money concerns, peer pressures to work long hours, ambition and perceived hostility from bosses make it hard for employees, including those working in childcare centres, to achieve the desired balance between work and life outside of work.
What is Work-Life Balance?
A defining feature of work-life balance is that there is no perfect, one-size fits all, balance. Rather, the best work-life balance is different for everyone due to different pressures, priorities and hobbies. The right balance for single employees will be different when they marry, or if they have children; employees starting a new career will have a different balance compared to those nearing retirement.
Benefits of Having Well-Rounded Employees
There are many benefits of having a well-rounded work force and they include:
- Reduced non-attendance and usage of sick leave
- Improved recruitment and retention rates
- Increased productivity and efficiency
- Improvements in employee satisfaction and loyalty
- Boost in company reputation and potential to become an employer of choice
- More potential for flexibility in operating hours
What Can Employers Do?
Some of the most successful work-life benefits offered by Australian employers include:
- Flexible work hours, including the option to work part time
- Offering the ability to work from home
- Providing on-site child care
- Flexible leave provisions
- Fitness subsidies to promote health and well being
Managing Partner of Workplace Innovation, Richard Federico, claims that the right corporate culture requires constant monitoring to ensure work life policies are effective long term and remain during times of management change, company restructure and peak work times.
To ensure your childcare centre business has implemented effective work-life policies, conduct regular staff surveys to gauge the ongoing effectiveness of work-life balance policies and to ensure your staff are fully aware of the all the benefits available to them. Additionally, managers should set priorities for work so employees have a clear understanding of time frames and don’t feel pressured to do everything at once.
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