In 2003, Fortune Magazine predicted that work-life effectiveness was
going to be one of the most important business growth trends of the
decade. In collaboration with the Alliance for Work-Life Progress,
the National Work-Life Initiative (NWLI) was formed. In addition to
publishing an annual work-life special section in Fortune Magazine,
the goal of the NWLI was to pass a Congressional resolution instating
an official work-life month.
On Sept. 5, 2003 the U.S. Senate unanimously passed Resolution 210,
designating October as National Work and Family Month. This was a
great step toward raising awareness about the importance of
maintaining work-life balance. The resolution states that the ability
to successfully manage work, family, and personal responsibilities
affects the well-being and productivity workers and their workplace.
At Needlestack Jobs, we are celebrating National Work and Family
Month by offering free access to our online employer center and
online job seeker center. Flextime employers will receive full access
to the resume bank as well as five job postings for professional
flextime jobs on the Needlestack Jobs job board. Flextime job seekers
who sign up during October will receive a free three month membership
with full access to all job postings, job contact information,
unlimited job applications, five resume postings, and unlimited cover
National Work and Family Month is a great chance to help connect
flextime professionals and employers. Flexible work schedules help
working parents manage work-life balance by giving them time to
fulfill their family and personal needs while still maintaining work
The Work and Family Connection has a list of ways employers can
celebrate National Work and Family Month:
- Launch a work-life survey to solicit employee opinion on programs/
offerings that your company should expand upon, add or discontinue.
- Solicit real-life stories from employees on how they successfully
manage work and family challenges for inclusion into an article to be
posted on the corporate Web site.
- Have a guest speaker on work and family at the next all staff meeting.
- Hold an art contest for the children of employees to participate in
depicting work and family together. The art can be displayed on the
meeting room walls at an all staff meeting and the top three winners
(or their parents) can be presented with a prize.
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