Work-life integration expert and author Tracy Brower, Ph.D., shares the steps you need to successfully implement work-life supports at your company.
Create a business case
The business case should include clear recommendations and rationale to get stakeholders (think executive leadership team and board of directors) on board. You should acknowledge: the problem, vision, recommendation, risks, outcomes and action plan.
Consider a pilot
If your organization is hesitant to jump on the work-life bandwagon, consider a pilot. Start small and be specific – focus on flexible work hours or healthy snack options. Stakeholders will be more open to a trial run, knowing it isn’t permanent.
Lead for change
Companies with the most success integrating work and life are those that take proactive steps. Manage the change and ensure all employees are on board. Articulate the vision, point out the problem and share the steps for change with your entire organization. Above all, make sure the problem is greater than the perceived costs of the change.
Support the change
Leaders are pivotal to the success of work-life integration. If they don’t live and promote your organization’s work-life supports, your employees sure won’t. Once your employees see you embracing work-life integration options, they’ll know it’s okay for them too.
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