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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.
  • Community Involvement
    • 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.
  • Financial Support
    • 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

Workplace Flexibility/
Alternative Work

Compressed Workweeks
Job Sharing
Part-time Employment

Paid and Unpaid Time Off

Maternity/Paternity Leave
Adoption Leave

Health and Wellness

Employee Assistance Programs
Discounted Fitness Club Rates
Weight Management Programs
Smoking Cessation Assistance
On-Site Massages
Stress Management Programs
Health Screenings
Nutritional Counseling
On-Site Nurse
Disability Management
Return to Work Programs
On-Site Work-Life Seminars
Health Advocate

Community Involvement

Community Volunteer Programs
Matching Gift Programs
Disaster Relief Funds
In-Kind Donations

Caring for Dependents

Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts
Dependent Care Referral and
   Resource Services
Dependent Care Discount Programs
   or Vouchers
Emergency Dependent Care Services
On-site Caregiver
Support Groups
Adoption Assistance Services
Privacy Rooms
Summer Camps & Activities
Special Needs Childcare
Disabled Adult Care
Geriatric Counseling

Financial Support

Financial Planning Services and Education
Adoption Reimbursement
Transit Subsidies
529 Plans
Savings Bonds

Culture Change Initiatives

Work Redesign
Team Effectiveness
Diversity/Inclusion Initiatives
Work Environment Initiatives

Learn More

Work-Life Courses & Seminars

WorldatWork Bookstore

Categories of Work-Life Effectiveness Booklet

Total Rewards Definitions and Inventory

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