WORK-LIFE BALANCE AND WORKPLACE FLEXIBILITY
CPE: Pending approval
8.30am until 12.00pm
Most employers now recognise that it makes good business sense to provide flexible working opportunities for their staff. Flexible working describes a type of working arrangement that gives some degree of flexibility on how long, where and when employees work.
Over the years, it has become evident that employees want to achieve a better balance between work and home life. A poor balance between an employee’s work commitments and their other responsibilities can lead to stress, high absence and low productivity. Employees who have a better work-life balance often have a greater sense of responsibility, ownership and control of their working life. On the other hand, employers are under constant pressure to meet their employees’ and customers’ needs in a way that enables the business to be as productive as possible. Flexible patterns of work can help to address these pressures by maximising staff productivity and improving customer service.
Flexible working opportunities can benefit everyone: employers, employees and their families. It has been proven that flexible working can help to improve the health and well-being of employee, reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, and enhance employee engagement and motivation. If an employer acquires the ability to help an employee in balancing their work and home life, this will be rewarded by increased loyalty and commitment.