Work-Life Balance: A Key to a Company’s Culture?
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but balance and order and rhythm and harmony.” – Thomas Merton
A 2015 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that 60.6 percent of both parents worked in married-couple families (BLS, 2015). When where both parents work, where does the work–life balance exist? Many parents still have to juggle taking their kids to school, picking them up from after school care, and going to lessons, practice, or events.
This type of work–life balance is becoming more and more relevant to working adults. In a report by the council of economic advisors to the Executive Office of the United States, one-third of workers surveyed stated that had passed up employment because of conflicts with family, and 49 percent of that number were working parents with children. Furthermore in this study found that in a survey of working fathers, 95 percent “cited flexible work policies that allowed them to engage actively with their children as an important job characteristic” (Council of Economic Advisors, 2014).
Creating a Business Culture
Creating a culture in the workplace is about making employees have trust, work ethic, loyalty, and motivation to name a few skills. A culture that exists around supporting employees work–life balance is becoming more and more important in the workplace as the Executive Office study showed. Human Resource Departments and hiring managers can help drive this culture change in the company by keeping leadership and management aware of the trends in a changing workforce.
Two-thirds is a staggering number of employees that turn down jobs because it would not suit their work life balance. At the same time, a company wants to create a culture where they retain and recruit quality employees. Adopting a flexible scheduling to allow work–life balance can help build a strong company culture. To develop this culture company can adapt to the changing times of both parents working. Allowing a parent to be involved in their family life and showing understanding will show them that the company has a culture of balance they seek.
Keywords: culture, balance, work life balance
The Council of Economic Advisors. (2014). Work-life balance and the economics of workplace flexibility. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015). Employment Characteristics of Families Summary. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office