Improving Working Lives in Fife. The Swiftwork Approach. Develop a teamwork approach to flexible working Sustain and improve on business performance Train managers, supervisors and staff to manage flexible working Support flexible working pilots Improve work-life balance in Social Services.
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The Swiftwork Approach
Sustain and improve on business performance
Train managers, supervisors and staff to manage flexible working
Support flexible working pilots
Improve work-life balance in Social ServicesAim of the Project
Wirral Social Services
North Ayrshire Council
Stockport Social Services
Chester City Council
Wakefield MBDCSwiftwork’s experience
Partnership working – management, staff, trade unions, human resources
Consultation and communication
Building skills and confidence through training and support
Embedding principles through policy and guidelines documentsOur approach
Scoping the project human resources
Pilot evaluationProject activities
Impact on the culture human resources
Gaining the commitment of senior managers human resources
Supporting the managers who will be operating the policies
Getting employee buy-in
Pilot everythingKeys to Success
Establish the business case human resources
Engage partners and staff in the process
Set out ground rules
Involve managers and staff in pilots
Provide training workshopsHow do we achieve this?
Survey for the real answers human resources
Alerts managers to the realities of:
Costs of absence
Changes in employment options are voluntary.The purpose is to help all individuals, irrespective of their role, to achieve an appropriate work life balance…
… nothing can be guaranteed, changes that may damage service provision are not likely to be agreed.
… shared responsibility – individual, team, manager
… every initiative will be subject to a period of trial during which time any affected party can demonstrate benefits or detrimental effect.
…decisions on flexible working will be “reason neutral”. The employee does not have to provide a reason for requesting a flexible work option…
Pilot process human resources
See it in action
Clear policy backup
Explore benefits + barriers
Look at own WLB
Work out practicalitiesSupporting Managers
Virtuous Circle of Work Life Balance human resources
When a manager helps employees balance their work lives with the rest of their lives ...
… they feel a stronger commitment to the organisation, they invest more in their work ...
… and strong results encourage the manager to continue to practice these principles that help employees strike this work life balance
… so performance improves ...
The bottom-line benefits human resources