Posted by: Raj Mali | June 19, 2007

What are work/life balance initiatives?

Simply put, work/life balance initiatives are any benefits, policies, or programs that help create a better balance between the demands of the job and the healthy management (and enjoyment) of life outside work.

Work/life initiatives can potentially deal with a wide range of issues including:

  • On-site childcare,
  • Emergency childcare assistance,
  • Seasonal childcare programs (such as March break or Christmas),
  • Eldercare initiatives (may range from referral program, eldercare assessment, case management, a list of local organizations or businesses that can help with information or products, or seminars and support groups),
  • Referral program to care services, local organizations, etc.,
  • Flexible working Arrangement
  • Parental leave for adoptive parents,
  • Family leave policies,
  • Other leaves of absence policies such as educational leave, community service leaves, self funded leave or sabbatical
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On-site seminars and workshops (on such topics as stress, nutrition, communication etc),
  • Internal and/or external educational or training opportunities, or
  • Fitness facilities, or fitness membership assistance (financial).

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