Annie Boutet | Journalist
If you want to implement work-life initiatives, you need a well thought-out process.
According to Rémi Lachance, success depends on these 5 steps:
1. Think about the company's reality. Although this step is often overlooked, it's important that you answer the following questions before taking any action:
• What is the company's management style?
• What is the organizational climate?
• What are its operating procedures?
For example, if the management style is more controlling, a change of mindset is needed, because work-life balance requires open-mindedness.
2. Recognize problems. Are there any gaps that prevent you from aligning the actual needs of most of the employees with the needs of the company? Evaluate the measures already in place--whether formal or informal--before analyzing the gaps between your current reality and where you want to be.
3. Follow your strategic plan. This is an effective way to show managers and employees that the program isn't destined to be short-lived.
4. Evaluate the project's value-added. Why are we doing it? What's our goal? What will it bring? Because even though talk of work-life balance usually emphasizes what employees get out of it, there also has to be something in it for the employer. It's not a one-way street.
5. Plan the implementation. Establish a schedule, project costs and a communications plan to spread the word about the program, and don't create false expectations. Also, to promote buy-in, a number of company representatives should be involved in developing the communications plan. You could take it even further by setting up a work-life balance committee so that closer attention can be given to the program.
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