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Title: A Family Friendly Workplace and Efficiency Management

A Family Friendly WorkplaceandEfficiency
  • Seminar on Promoting a Family Friendly
  • Speaker Mr. Lai Kam-tong
  • Vice President, Hong Kong
    Institute of Human Resource Management
  • Date May 13, 2004

  • What is work life balance?
  • Survey data on the trends
  • Negative outcomes and costs
  • What are work life balance policies
  • Work arrangements
  • Benefits
  • How to manage family-friendliness policies

What is work life balance
  • It is not about working less
  • It is about putting in place working arrangements
    and policies which assist workers in combining
    employment with other responsibilities and
  • They also benefits employers by helping them to
    develop a more productive and committed workforce
  • And the results is more flexibility for the
    employee and the business

What is Work Life Balance
HKIHRM SurveyStress at Workplace 2002
  • No. of respondents 161 members
  • Over 90 of employees surveyed complained about
    stress at workplace
  • Top three most commonly cited source of stress at
  • Heavy Workload
  • Organizational Climate and Culture
  • Job Security
  • However, over 60 of surveyed companies did not
    offer any kind of assistance to help staff cope
    with stress

Family-friendliness benefits are cutting back due
to gloomy economic climate
  • According to an US survey --
  • Job sharing dropping from 37 in 2002 to 30 in
  • Telecommuting fell from 47 in 2002 to 45 in
  • Those offered compressed workweeks (generally let
    workers put in their hours over 4 days rather
    than 5), slipped from 49 in 2002 to 40 in 2003

Source CCH Inc. Research
Negative outcomesThe cost of Absenteeism
  • According to an annual US survey on absenteeism
  • Costs US employers an average of US645 (about
    HK5,000) per employee per year
  • (Source CCH Inc. research)
  • According an UK industrial survey on absenteeism
  • Estimated costs UK employers 11bn annually - of
    which 4bn is stress-related
  • (Source Confederation of British Industry (CBI))

Negative outcomes Other costs
  • To hire temporary cover
  • Increased staff turnover
  • Early medical retirements
  • Higher insurance premiums
  • Litigation is also a huge risk

What are work life balance policies?
  • Work life balance policies are those which help
    workers in combining employment with their family
    life, caring responsibilities and personal and
    social life outside the workplace.
  • This definition includes statutory entitlements
    such as maternity, flexible job arrangements,
    parental leave and other non-statutory measures
    such as childcare and employee assistance schemes.

Work arrangements
  • Flexible work options
  • Job sharing
  • Flexitime
  • Telework / e-Working / work-at-home
  • Part-time work
  • Paid and unpaid leave
  • Employee assistance program
  • And more

Benefits a win-win situation
  • For employees by allowing flexibility in the
    workplace which allows them to effectively
    combine work and family responsibilities as well
    as their personal life
  • For employers the policies allow for better
    retainment and recruitment of valuable employees
    which can save employers form costs associated
    with recruitment and training of new staff

How to manage family-friendliness policies?
  • There is no fixed formula / policy that may be
    right for all companies
  • Factors that may lead to success
  • Clear objectives and targets
  • Effective communication
  • Change of corporate culture
  • Equal opportunities
  • Fair and open performance management system

Contact HKIHRM
  • URL http//www.hkihrm.org
  • Email info_at_hkihrm.org
  • HR Resources
  • Survey data
  • Quick HR Guides
  • Law of HR
  • List of HR service providers
  • Useful links
  • Members Area
  • (Exclusive to IHRM members)
  • HR headlines
  • Legal corner
  • HR QA
  • HR Statistics
  • HR Tool Kit
  • IHRM Journal
  • Training
  • Upcoming events
  • Program flyers / enrolment forms downloadable

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