Feb. 16, 2011 — Washington — WorldatWork and its work-life entity, Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP), commend the Department of Labor and the Obama Administration for their sustained focus on encouraging workplace flexibility practices among employers. Work-life programs have been shown to reduce turnover, increase employee engagement, and positively impact a business’s bottom line. The Department’s encouragement of dialogue among organizations is an important step in empowering employers to think creatively about workplace flexibility programs they can offer their employees. Work-life balance is a key issue in the ongoing debate about how to most effectively integrate work and family responsibilities, and WorldatWork applauds the Department for its ongoing attention to this issue of importance to working families.
With numerous instances of best practices across both private and public sectors that can be mined for examples, creating opportunities for dialogue, such as the National Dialogues on Workplace Flexibility, enables organizations to learn from their peers. It is also important to create resources to share and connect all the best practices in use; establish models, training, database development for easy access and universal communications; and to foster the widespread dissemination of existing tools and templates. Recognizing the need for education and training, WorldatWork and AWLP developed the first work-life certification for employers, managers, and HR practitioners. Leaders of the annual National Work and Family Month initiative, WorldatWork and AWLP also have extensive resources on best practices and current data on
work-life employer practices.
“There is a very strong business case for fostering a culture of flexibility in organizations,” said Kathie Lingle, Executive Director for AWLP and an acknowledged subject matter expert at the Department of Labor’s Forum on Flexibility. “A recent WorldatWork study shows the higher an organization rates its culture of flexibility, the lower the organization’s voluntary turnover rate. Building a culture of flexibility in an organization is a strategic business tool that has a myriad of positive benefits for both employers and employees.”
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WorldatWork (www.worldatwork.org) is a not-for-profit organization providing education, conferences and research focused on global human resources issues including compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce. Founded in 1955, WorldatWork has nearly 30,000 members in more than 100 countries. Its affiliate organization, WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals®, is the certifying body for the prestigious Certified Compensation Professional® (CCP®), Certified Benefits Professional® (CBP), Global Remuneration Professional (GRP®), Work-Life Certified Professional™ (WLCP®), Certified Sales Compensation Professional™ (CSCP™), and Certified Executive Compensation Professional™ (CECP™). WorldatWork has offices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Washington, D.C.
About Alliance for Work-Life Progress®
Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP.org) is dedicated to advancing work-life as a business strategy integrating work, family and community. An entity of WorldatWork®, AWLP® defines and recognizes innovation and best practices, facilitates dialogue among various sectors and promotes work-life thought leadership.
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