When we begin a work/life or workforce well-being study, we often hear two directives: “We need to tackle the big issues with data,” and “We need to identify low-hanging fruit quickly.” So how do you identify effective, rapid responses while ensuring the organization continues with important larger planning?
Is your business prepared for extreme weather? New England businesses with back-up care programs were best-equipped to weather this year’s unprecedented amount of snow.
We recently hosted a webinar titled “Your Workforce: What They Need, Why It Matters.” While listening, I realized that some HR professionals are probably wondering where to start. How can you learn about and start understanding your workforce, and what does that process look like?
A wise candy wrapper recently told me that “chocolate brings joy.” I won’t argue. But it did make me stop and think about what truly brings me joy, especially since we’re heading into the holidays. On the top of my list are the three F’s. . . Family, Faith, and Friends. In fourth place is work. But the joy I feel at work also supports my three F’s. Let me explain.
Why should employers help parents reduce work/family conflict? I would venture to guess that when faced with a conflict, parents choose to be with their child. And the one time parents do go to work, they’re so distracted and preoccupied, they might as well have taken the time off.
Not long ago, we released our Modern Family Index with a significant amount of data about what’s challenging people in the workforce. It might be tempting to think the data are merely abstract numbers. But they aren’t.
HR decision makers can find data and important research showing the benefits of providing employees with work/life programs for better support.
This has been a winter for the record books. We’ve had droughts, a Polar Vortex, multiple feet of snow in some places…a few debilitating inches in others. The latter notoriously befell Atlanta not long ago. It was a test of everybody’s mettle, with some commuters stalled on highways and others holed up in convenience stores and other places until roads were passable.
“The busier you are, the slower your pace should be.” I heard this phrase in the middle of the night from Stan, a brand-new nurse who was caring for my daughter in a local children’s hospital. Stan had recently graduated from nursing school and told me that one of the most important things he learned from his nurse manager was to deliberately slow down, especially when the floor was very busy. We had quite a discussion in the hospital that night, my daughter’s room lit only by the various monitors and the small flashlight that hung around Stan’s neck. He explained that he slowed…
One of the ironies of being perpetually connected to a virtual business team is how easy it is to feel personally disconnected. This became particularly apparent to my team as we approached the holidays one year. Our consulting team was formed nearly 15 years ago when completely virtual workforces were quite uncommon. But we literally spanned the country, from Boston to LA. Each year, as holiday time rolled around, many of our friends, spouses/partners, and even colleagues at Bright Horizons began planning office holiday parties. And we wondered, where was our get together? This was an important question. Feeling connected…