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Family Friendly Personnel Flexibilities In The Federal Government. Presentation for Strategic Compensation Conference 2000 August 28-30, 2000 Washington, DC. Presented by. Pat Kinney Office of Work/Life Programs U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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Family FriendlyPersonnel FlexibilitiesIn The Federal Government

Presentation for

Strategic Compensation Conference 2000

August 28-30, 2000

Washington, DC


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Presented by

Pat Kinney

Office of Work/Life Programs

U.S. Office of Personnel Management


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Personnel FlexibilitiesFamily Friendly InitiativesWellness ProgramsWorkplace Programs

The Need-recruitment, retention and morale

Work/Life Balance

The Mechanism

President’s May 24, 1999 Memo

Work/Life Coordinators


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Retirement Wave Creates Vacuum

Within 5 years, about 30% of the government’s full-time employees will be eligible to retire. An additional 20% could seek early retirement.


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The Flexibilities/Initiatives/Programs

Flexible Work Schedules and Leave

Dependent Care Programs

Wellness Programs


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Flexible Work Schedules and Leave

  • Flexible Work Schedules & Telework

  • Leave

    • Annual leave

    • Sick Leave for family care and bereavement

    • Sick leave for adoption

    • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

    • Expanded Family and Medical Leave

    • Leave sharing

    • Voluntary leave sharing program


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Dependent Care Programs/Initiatives

  • Child Care

  • Elder Care

  • Adoption

  • Fatherhood

  • Kinship Care

  • Nursing Mothers

  • Parenting Support


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Wellness Programs

  • Mental Health Issues

    • Health Promotion

    • Addiction Prevention

    • Employee Assistance Programs

    • Physical Health Issues

    • Physical Fitness Centers and Programs

    • Preventive Screening and physical examinations


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Safety Issues

  • Domestic Violence

  • Workplace Violence

  • Workplace Trauma/Disaster Response


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Major Principles

  • Accomplishing the mission of the organization is foremost.

  • Employees take responsibility for managing their work and personal responsibilities.

  • Employers offer flexibilities that employees use as tools for managing.

  • Managers need to learn new ways of managing employees in the 21st century.


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Managing Family-Friendly Flexibilities

  • 3 Fs:

  • Flexible - understand employees’ situations

  • Friendly - develop a supportive culture

  • Firm - have policies in place; protect the mission


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Implementation Ideas

  • Hold seminars and lunch-and-learn sessions

  • Hold sessions geared toward managers’ issues

  • Produce simple brochures and fliers that address the flexibilities

  • Develop efficient mechanisms for disseminating the information

  • Form support groups

  • Collect anecdotals of success stories

  • Develop cadre of management mentors


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Evaluating Work/Life Programs

  • No “silver bullet”

  • Get baseline data

  • Use qualitative and quantitative measures

  • Measure over the long-term


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Measuring Effectiveness

  • Rates of turnover

  • Retention

  • Employee morale

  • Productivity

  • Absenteeism

  • “Employees who used work/life programs were the least likely to burn out and were the most committed.” (1995 DuPont study)


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In closing…….

  • “Work and personal life have a circular impact; one cannot be experienced without a reaction from the other.”


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Contact Us for More Information

Office of Work/Life Programs

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

(202) 606-5520

Fax: (202) 606-2091

Log onto our website: http://www.opm.gov/wrkfam

E-mail us at: [email protected]


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