The idea comes up often—and then passes. Now, a big corporate name has stepped into the fray and tested a four-day workweek, with results that could create some serious momentum toward a game-changing movement.
We, as a society, have morphed into a celebration of busyness. Don’t believe me? Take a look at your calendar, and tell me how much white space there is…Now tell me how much peace vs. pressure you feel not to occupy the white space?
This past weekend I was fortunate enough to drive two hours north of my house with my wife to visit my parents – Connie and Don Fleming. Of course, this also meant that I was able to return to Ada, Ohio (center of the universe.) I spent the day cleaning the gutters, removing dead rose bushes and tightening all of the shutters on the windows. My mom stayed with me to give me “direction” and my dad stayed inside to chat with my wife.
I read a bunch of articles about what’s the next greatest benefit to offer employees. I read one the other day that tried to make it seem like now offering food at work is normal, like everyone is giving away breakfast and lunches, like you give away health insurance.
When Work Works Winners Get Creative with Time-Off and Teambuilding
Balancing work and family responsibilities has become increasingly difficult in the modern workplace, as advanced technology, economic concerns and societal pressures make it hard for people to keep job and home separate. October was designated as National Work and Family Month by the U.S. Senate in 2003. This month is a good time for HR professionals to reflect and consider innovation with programs to help reconcile work-life issues.
Many of us Americans don’t know how to take true summer breaks.
When you work at a global company, you likely know this anecdotally. You notice that colleagues based in cities ranging from Toronto to Berlin take at least two weeks, and sometimes a month. They also holiday at other times of they year, such as significant holidays.
This month’s Pulse probe revolves around what do you do to re-charge and re-fresh beyond your day-job? I enjoy reading how others find a life outside work to gain a sense of balance.
As members and leaders within the HR Community, we need you to be rested and ready to go each day. You are role models in balance. As the flight attendants remind us in travel, we must first take care of ourselves before we can care for others.
By show of hands, does your employer care about your work-life balance?
Okay, wait. I can’t see whether you’re showing your hand.
By commenting below, please indicate whether your employer encourages you to achieve and maintain work-life balance.
Nearly all employees desire work-life fit. Take Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan who in taking the job as Speaker of the House recently requested the option to spend less time on the road and more time with his family.
Is a Four-Day Workweek the Answer?
From CEOs to Gen Y Dads, Finding Work-Life Balance is Critical
The “Nine to Five” has long ago been replaced by the “Eight to Six” and the “Seven to Nine”. Technology is making it easier for us to worker longer hours, both in the office and at home (or on vacation too), but are we getting more done? Is this work providing us with a better life? We are being psychologically pushed towards working increasingly longer days and weeks while the mounting body of evidence is telling us to do the opposite.
Trading Sleep for More Work and Health Problems
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Package Deal: Working Couples Blur Home, Work Life
Employers seek out couples who create careers out of working together.
By Kathy Gurchiek 2/12/2015
It came, it went, and few Americans probably even noticed.
“It” was National Workaholics Day—yes, a holiday of sorts, memorialized every July 5.
Is it celebrated? Not really. It’s more of a sober reminder that workaholism, like any addiction, can jeopardize health, home lives and—eventually—productivity and a company’s bottom line.
By Lisa Horn (@SHRMLobbystLisa), Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Director of Congressional Affairs and SHRM’s Workplace Flexibility Initiative
California earns an A-; 17 states get an F
It’s pretty sweet to be a working parent in California, which a decade ago adopted the nation’s first paid family leave law. It might not be so great to have kids and a job in Oklahoma, which hasn’t a single benefit or program to support families before and after the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child.