October is National Work and Family Month; Flexibility is Key to Work-life Effectiveness

Share Article

Work-life balance and flexibility is the theme at many companies this month as organizations observe National Work and Family Month with a variety of programs and special events.

Work-life balance and flexibility is the theme at many companies this month as organizations observe National Work and Family Month with a variety of programs and special events.

The month of October provides annual recognition of the importance of employer-sponsored work-life programs in attracting, motivating and retaining top talent. The U.S. Senate designated October as National Work and Family Month in 2003 to recognize that helping employees achieve work-life balance should be a national priority.

Employers who want to explore different ways to bring more work-life balance to their workplace can visit the Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) web site for ideas and free resources.

AWLP suggests some of the following ways to raise more awareness about work-life balance in the workplace:

  •     Take the work-life self-audit to help assess the progress of your organization’s work-life effort.
  •     Take advantage of the month to draw attention to what you already offer. Publicize work-life programs and practices in various formats during the month, such as the president’s blog or the company intranet.
  •     Solicit family photos of employees' families for posting on the company intranet featuring photo captions explaining how an employer’s programs and practices have helped the employee balance work and family needs.
  •     Create an online newsletter to share "best manager" stories; showcase pilot results and other success stories related to flexible work arrangements;.
  •     Conduct focus groups asking how your organization can better help employees effectively manage work, family and personal life, turn their comments into company initiatives and roll one out each week.

Employers and human resource managers who wish to learn about effective flexible work arrangements may register for a webinar presented by Susan Seitel and Rachel Hastings of WFC Resources.

Flexible Work Arrangements: Helping Managers Achieve Results
Oct. 25, 2007 Live Event (On-Demand available following live event)
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Eastern | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Pacific

Media may request a complimentary registration to the live webinar or the playback by sending an email to mrhodes@worldatwork.org.

About WorldatWork
The Total Rewards Association
WorldatWork (http://www.worldatwork.org) is an international association of human resource professionals and business leaders focused on attracting, motivating and retaining employees. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork provides practitioners with knowledge leadership to effectively design and implement strategies and practices in total rewards – compensation, benefits, work-life, performance and recognition, development and career opportunities. WorldatWork supports its 30,000 members and customers in 75 countries with thought leadership, education, publications, research and certification.

About Alliance for Work-Life Progress
Alliance for Work-Life Progress (http://www.awlp.org) is dedicated to advancing work-life effectiveness as a strategy for better integration of work, family and community. AWLP, an entity of WorldatWork, serves as a national center of work-life expertise that defines and recognizes innovation and best practices, facilitates dialogue within the diverse work-life community and promotes work-life thought leadership.

Marcia Rhodes
Media Relations
Phone: 480/348-7285

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


Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Marcia Rhodes
Visit website