Posted by: healingtheworkplace | May 1, 2012

Glassdoor – A New Twist on Worklife Balance

Hello there, Are you interested in work-life balance? Does your company support work-life balance? If so you might be interested in Glassdoor, an online business that recently began to encourage organizations world-wide to promote work-life balance.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. I wasn’t intending to write about work-life balance until the other day when I picked up yet another magazine (Alive, March 2012) with an article on how to balance work and personal life. It’s a good article with lots of tips for things that we can do as individuals:

  • Prioritize
  • Delegate
  • Ask for help
  • Be honest about your workload
  • Schedule time to exercise, socialize, and re-energize

All this is well and good but it begs the question: “Is it possible to have work-life balance if your company doesn’t support it?” And I wondered which organizations, if any, had made a commitment to doing this.

A google search turned up Glassdoor which last year created a new “list” for work-life balance giving employees the opportunity to rate their workplaces.

“A lot of companies talk about a good work-life balance,” says Robert Hohman, CEO and co-founder of Glassdoor.

 “But not that many deliver. The [companies] on this list actually deliver.”

The list is based on survey results from more than 150,000 employees who work or have worked at 36,000 companies around the world.

Between April 2010 and March 2011, these employees rated their satisfaction with their employer’s support of balancing work and personal life, as well as management’s support of taking time off when necessary.

If your company doesn’t offer those policies, look to your direct boss to help you create a comfortable balance between your work and personal life. “Individual supervisors can trump company policies,” Finnegan says.

Supervisors have an important role in ensuring that employees know about work-life policies and initiatives and by being sensitive to employees’ needs so that they can benefit from these initiatives when they need them.

Finally, in 1993 John R. O’Neil wrote a really interesting book called The Paradox of Success. He wrote that for many of the people he interviewed success involved having a real balance between their work and personal life.

What’s that old saying? What gets noticed gets done? Perhaps Glassdoor is on to something. What do you think?

Lesley

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