We’re all obsessed with obtaining the perfect work/life balance, maybe this is the answer.
Many parents cringe when they hear the term ‘work/life balance,’ and as a parent I absolutely see why. The term brings us angst. We all wish and hope for a perfect life balance but in reality it’s probably not achievable.
One Fortune 500 company in the US is trying to rectify this problem and is actively trying to help parents spend more time with their kids.
As reported in Reuters, the company introduced a program known as STAR (Support, Transform, Achieve, Results) and had management and employee participation in the study monitored and researched by Pennsylvania State University.
The program was implemented over four months over six different training sessions, with each session attempting to change the culture of the workplace to be results-based instead of dependent on where and when work was conducted.
The lead author of the study by Pennsylvania University, Kelly Davis noted, “a better family life makes a person more productive and satisfied at work.”
After discussions with many working parents, and as a working parent myself, I know this to be true.
As parents we work hard so we can play hard. If I know I’m spending quality time with my kids, I’m less worried and stressed about my work. Similarly, I find if I feel valued by my employer, and they value my life situation, then I work harder to complete my work efficiently and to exceptional standards.
This particular study was small but shows notable results. The university study family/work time from 57 employees who participated in the program compared to 36 who did not.