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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+).

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Work life balance slowing down the treadmill

Work-life balanceSlowing down the treadmill

10 June 2008


Engaging the challenge
Engaging the challenge

  • Changing demographics

  • Tight labour market

  • Productivity squeeze


Labour force participation rates
Labour force participation rates

Source: Household Labour Force Survey: December 2007 Quarter


Labour force participation rates 55
Labour force participation rates (55+)

Source: OECD Factbook 2007



Productivity and employee engagement
Productivity and employee engagement

  • How can productivity be increased?

  • Why is employee engagement important?

  • - Only 25% of employees are full engaged

  • - 17% were actively disengaged.

  • - Earnings per employee - engaged $88, 581

  • - disengaged $34, 577

  • - Older people tend to be more engaged



Employee engagement pilot study
Employee engagement pilot study

  • Work-life balance

  • Work-life initiatives

  • Workplace culture

  • Employee engagement

  • Discretionary effort

  • Productivity




Building a work life culture
Building a work-life culture

Use of work-life initiatives is assisted by:

  • Supportive managers

  • No career consequences

  • Reasonable time expectations

  • Gender neutral

  • Supportive co-workers


Limits on positive culture
Limits on positive culture

  • Hostile organisational culture or working environment

  • Resistance of managers

  • Recruitment for similarity

  • Poor communication


Creating organisational action
Creating organisational action

  • Communication

  • Implementation

  • Measurement

  • Middle management training

  • Involving line managers


Franklin kindergarten association
Franklin Kindergarten Association

  • Inflexible classroom hours

  • Tight funding

  • Dispersed staff – 25 kindergartens


Work life solutions
Work-life solutions

  • Ask staff what they need

  • Allocate enough time for paperwork

  • Ring-fence holiday time

  • Support training and professional development


The results
The results

  • Committed, motivated, trained staff

  • Staff turnover at 8% pa

  • 70 teaching positions are all filled

  • Savings of $300,000 in three years due to teachers returning to work after parental leave


Steelbro product knowledge critical
Steelbro – product knowledge critical

  • Specialised product - 30%-40% of the global market in its niche

  • Emphasis on retaining wealth of knowledge

  • Reduced and flexible hours available, particularly for older employees


Meredith connell skilled staff demanding work
Meredith Connell – skilled staff, demanding work

  • Winner of 2006 EEO Trust Work & Life Awards

  • Specialised employees required for demanding work

  • High rates of return from parental leave

  • Individualised work-life solutions

  • Older workers hold valuable corporate knowledge/history


Getting the best from people consistency
Getting the best from people - consistency

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.


Getting the best from people supporting them
Getting the best from people – supporting them

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.



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