Leadership on the Edge of the Work Life Balance Battle

Is the C-Suite really embracing the work-life balance agenda?

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:

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:

The work life balance policy debate: Revolution, Evolution or Movement?

The Tango Between Work Life Balance and Leadership

Quantifying Career Chaos in Recession

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.