Work-life balance Slowing down the treadmill. 10 June 2008. Engaging the challenge. Changing demographics Tight labour market Productivity squeeze. Labour force participation rates. Source: Household Labour Force Survey: December 2007 Quarter. Labour force participation rates (55+).
10 June 2008
Source: Household Labour Force Survey: December 2007 Quarter
Source: OECD Factbook 2007
Use of work-life initiatives is assisted by:
Prior to this position, I averaged about 4 years in a job before moving. I have been here 12 years now with no plans to change. The reason – this is the first and only employer, whether public or private sector, I have worked for who has always done what they have said they would do, and that applied to all of my terms and conditions of employment, not just work-life balance. I therefore trust them and reward that trust with loyalty.
Talking about having children is seen as a weakness, having children is seen as something that will hold you back and makes you inflexible. There is no compensation or reimbursement for additional childcare costs incurred when travelling, and high expectations of travelling up the night before rather than being say one hour late for the meeting start time.