A specific set of organizational practices, policies, programs, plus a philosophy, which actively supports efforts to help employees achieve success at both work and home. Work-life programs encompass compensation, benefits and other HR programs, and together they address the key intersections of the worker, his or her family, the community and the workplace.
Total Rewards Defined
There are five elements of total rewards, each of which includes programs, practices, elements and dimensions that collectively define an organization’s strategy to attract, motivate and retain employees. Roll your mouse over the image on the left to learn more.
There are seven categories of support for work-life effectiveness that address the most important intersections between the worker, his or her family, the community and the workplace:
Creating Workplace Flexibility
A variety of flexible work options that enable greater control over when, where and how work gets done.
The Creative Use of Paid and Unpaid Time Off
Personal time away from work to spend with family, friends and self. Governmental regulations vary dramatically by country in terms of how much time an employee can or must take, and whether for not that time is paid by the employer.
Supporting Health and Wellness
Health and wellness initiatives focus on reducing absenteeism and improving productivity by supporting healthy lifestyle choices for employees and their families.
The way organizations get involved with the external and internal community through monetary donations, volunteer programs and partnerships.
Caring for Dependents
There are many issues related to caregiving for dependents of all ages. Most organizations offer some type of support for parenting and elder care.
In the area of financial support, work-life is primarily concerned with gaining approval for, and helping implement, voluntary financial benefits as well as providing resources and referrals that assist employees with managing their financial responsibilities.
Culture Change Initiatives
Organizational culture consists of the collective attitudes and behaviors of individuals within the organization. Changing cultures is challengingbecause it involves changing these attitudes and behaviors through altering the beliefs and values that are behind them.
Below are some examples of work-life effectiveness programs
Employee Assistance Programs
Discounted Fitness Club Rates
Weight Management Programs
Smoking Cessation Assistance
Stress Management Programs
Return to Work Programs
On-Site Work-Life Seminars
Community Volunteer Programs
Matching Gift Programs
Disaster Relief Funds
Caring for Dependents
Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
Dependent Care Referral and
Dependent Care Discount Programs
Emergency Dependent Care Services
Adoption Assistance Services
Summer Camps & Activities
Special Needs Childcare
Disabled Adult Care