The Work From Home Teeter-Totter

The work/life balance has changed since COVID-19 started ripping through the world. As long at the work gets done — eventually — nobody is going to know you watched that Seinfeld episode where Kramer burned down the cabin of George’s fiancé Susan Ross, and, oh those letters that got saved.

Before instituting any new work-life or absence control programs, research firm CCH Inc. in Riverwoods, Ill. suggests organizations to do some research first:

  • Ask Why. Analyze the reasons for enhancing your existing lineup of programs. What will be the effect on your bottom line?
  • Define Objectives. If you add a program, make sure you have a specific objective, that the results can be measured, and that you have the tools with which to measure them.
  • Ask Questions and Analyze Answers. Don’t go forward without asking for input and gathering as much information as possible. Should you target a particular business unit or department for improvement? Are you making assumptions about the type of program your employees need? Do you know what barriers are keeping them away from the workplace? Consider surveying your workforce.
  • Anticipate Issues. Planning is crucial. Think the new program all the way through. Identify what program implementation and maintenance will cost and how they will be handled. Verify what administrative and technology resources are needed. Develop a solid and ongoing communication plan.
  • Measure and Follow-Up. Measure whether your objectives were met and formalize a follow-up mechanism to ensure that the investment got the desired results. Recognize that you may have to change or tweak programs over time to meet evolving employee needs.

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