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Flexible Working arrangementsNovember 19, 2014
Today is “Go Home on Time Day” aimed at all Australians in the workforce. The day was created in 2009 by The Australian Institute (TAI) to bring attention to a work life balance, or lack thereof. It aims to initiate conversations in the workplace about the impacts of working too long and what this does to our relationships, health and our lives outside of the office.
A report by TAI “Walking the Tightrope” has been released in the wake of “Go Home on Time Day”. No it’s not a ploy to get us all to walk out of here at 5.30pm but it has some staggering findings.
Australian employees have experienced a deterioration of their work/life balance over the last five years, 4.9 million (or 42%) of the workforce said that their balance between work and live had significantly worsened in this time. TAI’s study found that the problem is linked to working longer and not being paid for overtime. Employers currently across the country are getting a whopping 58.8 million of hours of work from their employees which is unpaid.
This is due to a number of factors;
Employers today should ask themselves some fundamental questions. Do my staff have enough quality time with their family and friends? Are they finding it hard to go to the doctor for a simple check-up? Are they jeopardising their role as a parent in order to meet a deadline? If the answer is one which does not have the best interest of your staff at heart then perhaps a change is needed.
How can Australians achieve a better work life balance without packing up and moving to Norway?
There are some ways that many workplaces have adapted which actively improve the work life balance:
If you have any questions relating to flexible working arrangements for your staff call Employsure today on 1300 651 415 or fill in the form below. Employsure can implement new employment arrangements or help you to transition your staff to improve their work life balance.
*Information sourced via the Workplace Express Website, The Sydney Morning Herald and News.com.au