"Technology, training and communication alone are not enough for a successful, thriving telework or flexible workplace program. The policies that govern the program and the agreements with the participants are just as important as the furniture, change in culture, and high tech that allows remote work and supports mobile workers."
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"Following a national survey of 1087 professionals, both employed and unemployed, in addition to 116 HR professionals, 67% of HR professionals think that their employees have a balanced work-life, yet almost half (45%) of employees ... feel that they don’t have enough time each week to do personal activities."
While 75% of employees ranked workplace flexibility—the easiest way to reduce work-life conflict—as the most important benefit, only half of employers felt it was number one.
Mark Bertolini, the chief executive of Aetna, is betting that bringing yoga, meditation and higher wages to his employees will be good business.
Aetna's long been a leader in flexible work. A full 47% of their 50,000 employees work at home. After a skiing accident that left the CEO in permanent pain, he turned to meditation and yoga. Now more than a quarter of his workforce participates in the programs they offer.
But he didn't stop there. Realizing the impact of financial stress on his employees, he gave his lowest-paid people a 33% raise!
More and more, companies are realizing that well-being is good not just for their people, but for the company too.
The one thing students want out of their career, more than anything else, is not leadership opportunities, security or prestige, but work-life balance. Work-life balance is supposedly what the kids …
"This is not your grandfather's workforce."
"At [Atos] we are taking action now to reverse this trend, just as organizations took measures to reduce environmental pollution after the industrial revolution."
The company reports that now, three years into the ban of internal email, they've saved 25% of work time and increased both customer satisfaction and efficiency by 30%.