Many of us report having too much going on. Life can be messy, stressful, and sometimes overwhelming. Personal and professional commitments fill our days and zap our energy. Our pursuit of being a good employee, parent, sibling, son or daughter, friend, and citizen can be all consuming.
It’s no surprise that stress and burnout have reached record highs in today’s workplace.
When personal and professional obligations conflict, the negative effects on mental and physical health impact employees and ripple out to their colleagues, families, and friends. Employees become less committed, less satisfied with their jobs, less engaged, and less safe. Worker productivity drops. Absenteeism and turnover soar.
The idea that employees are on their own to manage work-life conflict is outdated.
Organizations that are committed to attracting and retaining valuable talent must accept that employee well-being is a shared responsibility. Some employers have adopted wellness programs, created flexible work policies, or incorporated other tokens of goodwill. While these are a great start, most organizations are ignoring or underutilizing their most important resource—managers.
Research conducted by Dr. Ellen Ernst Kossek and Dr. Leslie Hammer proves an employee’s ability to align their work and personal responsibilities hinges on the extent to which their managers demonstrate four specific strategies. It also shows that managers who consistently demonstrate these strategies positively impact employee engagement, retention, and well-being.
In collaboration with Drs. Kossek and Hammer, the Dion Leadership team has created a new training program that teaches four essential strategies managers can put into practice immediately to help their people create better work-life alignment.
The Creating Work-Life Alignment training course is designed for people managers at all organizational levels. From first-line supervisors to senior leaders, everyone can benefit from integrating these four strategies and become more motivated to improve work-life alignment.
Using either the eLearning or blended learning course format, participants will:
- Understand the individual and organizational value of manager behaviors that support their employees’ achievement of work-life alignment
- Explore the current state of personal perceptions, barriers, and behaviors related to supporting work-life alignment
- Learn the details of four specific behaviors that supervisors exhibit to support work-life alignment among their employees: Connect, Respond, Rethink, and Model
- Create an action plan to improve or broaden the demonstration of these behaviors
If you’d like to learn more about the Connect, Respond, Rethink, and Model behaviors, please download our complimentary e-book 4 Management Must-Do’s to Boost Employee Well-Being.