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Supporting Work-Life Balance

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Due to the fast paced nature of today's society, trying to find a good balance between work and home life can be a challenge. Efforts made by individuals to "fit it all in" can ultimately result in negative impacts both for their own health and for their workplace. As work becomes more demanding and family commitments more pressing, employees are becoming increasingly stressed and less productive at work.

  • Work-life balance initiatives are any policies, programs or benefits that help employees reduce work-life conflict and create a better balance between the demands of the job and life outside of work.
  • Work-life balance policies are an essential component of a healthy workplace. Implementing healthy policies will contribute to healthier employees, thereby enhancing an organization’s success.

Simple workplace activities that support work-life balance:

  • Recognize important events in an employee’s life by celebrating birthdays, weddings, births or adoptions.
  • Provide take-home meals from the company’s cafeteria to employees at cost for their dependants in the evening.
  • Provide information or set up a library on parenting resources, prenatal issues, and elder care, including community services covering these areas.

Work-Life Balance for Employees with Children

When parents work, it can be challenging for them to balance the needs of their children, their family, and their workplace. However, when parents are successful in meeting family and workplace demands they can experience reduced stress, improved family well-being, increased job satisfaction and better physical health.

Employers can support their employees by:

  • Referring employees to the parenting programs, provided free of charge by Halton Region, for parenting information and help they need.
A father and mother standing with their baby girl.

Baby Friendly Workplaces

Women with young children are a large part of the labour force in Canada. The employment rate of women with young children has increased over time. By 2009, approximately 64% of women with children less than age 3 were employed.

How can employers support their employees?

  • Establish a Baby Friendly Workplace and support their breastfeeding employees for minimal investment and benefit from having employees with healthier children.
  • There are significant benefits to establishing a Baby Friendly Workplace as well as being viewed as progressive employers who are supportive of families.

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