The Decision Clinic
Member Since: 13th Apr 2014
Wellbeing Trainer, HR professional & Therapist The Decision Clinic training & wellbeing
13th Apr 2014
As a dedicated mother and someone who loves my job. I currently find time for both. Once the children are in bed, or weekends while they are busy; Or I will attend/conduct evening webinars, coaching or therapy sessions. All these things give me flexibility to work and enjoy my family. I recently lectured on flexibility to a masters group and we were discussing how job design can enhance this flexibility and can increase employee empowerment and satisfaction. Why restrict these positives aims as well?
As a wellbeing consultant and therapist, I would always encourage work-life balance and look at ways to reduce stress, but however well intentioned this proposal reduces flexibility. If the organisation champions and highlights areas of employee empowerment and flexibility appropriate for both then this can increase trust and satisfaction. The strengthening of the psychological contract and productivity was the original focus of introducing job flexibility, nobody said finding the balance would be easy, but it's still worth pursuing rather than defaulting to a blanket restriction.