Be sensitive and sensible....


Life is a give and take, and life in the workplace is no different: employers and employees struggle to find the right balance between these two. Too simply referred to as a work/life balance, both sides need to discover the right mix of policies and benefits that encourage attendance and engagement while recognizing personal needs and interests. Management sees this as all about productivity and think that’s mostly a function of hours worked; employees, a growing percentage of whom today are millennials, tend to view this as all about entitlements and think it should be more about “me” than “we”. Rather than accepting this seemingly natural generational push-back from their employees, managers must learn to be better and more effective communicators: setting clear expectations, recognizing changing needs, explaining ‘why’ when discussing these issues, rewarding appropriate behaviors, and gaining consensus on the right balance between giving more and taking less. That’s what it’s going to take to unleash a good work/life balance at work today.

Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931): Lebanese-American writer, poet, visual artist and Lebanese nationalist