October is National Work and Family Month--What Your Company Can Do

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The work-life industry first emerged in the early 1980s when, in response to changing workforce demographics and more women entering the job market, forward-thinking companies introduced "work and family" benefits. These early work and family benefits provided employees help with their child and elder care responsibilities.

October is National Work and Family Month, designated by the Senate in 2003 to provide education and heighten awareness of work/life effectiveness as a key business issue.

The work-life industry first emerged in the early 1980s when, in response to changing workforce demographics and more women entering the job market, forward-thinking companies introduced "work and family" benefits. These early work and family benefits provided employees help with their child and elder care responsibilities.

Today, employers embrace work-life benefits as a recruitment, retention and productivity tool. Over the years, the scope of these benefits has expanded: work-life now addresses the lifecycle needs of all employees and can encompass a variety of benefits, programs and policies including flexible work arrangements, concierge, and employee assistance programs.

So what is your company doing to celebrate National Work and Family Month? Harris, Rothenberg International, LLC, a global performance management company that provides EAP and work-life solutions, suggests the following:

1. Re-communicate your company's commitment to helping employees balance work-life issues. Draw attention to the programs that you already offer.

2. Launch new Work-Life initiatives.

3. Every October, conduct a company-wide Work-Life survey and focus groups with managers and employees.

4. Hold lunch and learn seminars and bring in experts to speak to employees about areas of interest, such as parenting, caregiving, saving for retirement, education, balancing work and family, how to cope with stress, and time-management skills.

5. Plan a "Family Care Fair" for October, bringing in local community resources and company benefit representatives to provide information about work and family polices and programs.

6. Provide employees with informational materials and resources related to balancing work and family.

HRI has made available a free National Work and Family web site https://www.harrisrothenberg.com/workfamily/ to help educate employers and managers about various types of work/life employee benefits and the importance of offering support for work and family balance.

About Harris, Rothenberg International, LLC

Harris, Rothenberg International (http://www.harrisrothenberg.com) is a performance management firm. The company helps employers solve their most challenging and complex people issues by removing the barriers that prevent organizations and employees from achieving their best. HRI accomplishes this by delivering executive services, employee and employer assistance programs, work/life services, behavioral risk management and training. Founded in 1982 and headquartered in New York City, HRI is one of the oldest and most well-respected firms of its kind.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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