In the PricewaterhouseCoopers 2011 CEO survey, innovation and creativity came out as top profit drivers in an uncertain 24/7 global marketplace. But if C-Suite leaders want that kind of performance from their employees, they need to pay more attention to employee wellness. That means better understanding the concept of work-life balance or what I term, the work-life merge.
Work-Life initiatives are gaining ground not only in the corporate arena, but in academia and organizational institutes. Surveys abound which are deconstructing the pieces of the work-life puzzle. Evidence that work-life concerns have finally come into the national spotlight.
But while some CEO’s get the importance of valuing employees as human beings with minds, hearts and real life bodies – work-life balance is not necessarily looked upon as critical, but instead as more of a perk.
Recent stats argue against the “perk view” of work-life initiatives. Here are a few important talking points:
- Work-life flexibility apparently didn’t lose ground after the recession. (Click here to read 2011 Work+Life Fit Reality Check)
- The work-life agenda is now officially a gender-neutral issue. (Click here to read The New Male Mystique from the Families and Work Institute)
- More than 70% of workers cite work as a significant source of stress. (Click here to read more about this at the American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program)
- Work-Family conflict is higher in the United States than anywhere else in the world. (Click here to read The Three Faces of Work-Family Conflict)
With so much to discuss, #LeadershipChat will host the first of two Twitter-chats on “Leadership and Work-Life Balance.” You can catch it on Twitter, Tuesday night’s at 8pm. This topic will headline the discussion on August 2nd and 9th. Read more about this Twitter Chat by clicking here.
Your hosts for the program:
Lisa Petrilli of Visionary Leadership and C-Level Strategies
Steve Woodruff of Connection Agent
Here at WorkLifeNation.com you can read more about the role of leadership in the work-life balance discussion and in the workplace by heading to these posts:
What role do leaders in big business play in embracing work-life initiatives? In a competitive global marketplace, isn’t there enough economic incentive for them to pay attention? Please share your thoughts.