Work-Life Management Fortnight – achieve more with less stress

Thursday 13 October 2016

The UNI Work-Life Management Fortnight takes place 7-20 October 2016, with a dedicated website, video and call for action

We talk about work-life management when people have a measure of control over when, where and how they work. We want workers to lead a fulfilled life inside and outside of paid work – it should be accepted and respected as the norm, to the mutual benefit of the individual, to the employer and to society.

Why? Because poor work-life management has a negative impact on both employees and the business. Committing too much time to work can lead to stress, physical illness, depression and mental illness, compromised safety and damaged relationships between employees. For the business, productivity may be impaired through absenteeism, presenteeism, poor performance, injuries, lack of motivation or engagement, increased errors and faults.

Employers and unions can go a long way promoting work-life management – that cooperation requires four key factors:

Leadership – setting the tone at the top and having a clear understanding of the business case.
Managing and planning – integrating work-life management into the culture of your organisation.
Training and communicating – engaging your employees and members to understand their interests, defining clear guidelines and equipping and supporting all staff to implement the policies.
Measuring and evaluating – continuous monitoring of impact of work-life management initiatives and evaluating progress and next steps.

Get involved in bringing good work-life practices forward, take take part in UNI’s Work-Life Management Fortnight as business, organisation or employee – find out more!