Bringing work-life balance to the table

Unions adding work-life balance demands to the collective bargaining process
By Nora Spinks and Celia Moore
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

Academics measure it, employees feel it and many organizations talk about it. Some unions bargain for it, most managers struggle with it and several legislators wrestle with it.

A growing body of knowledge has increased understanding of the impact of work-life balance and well-being on employee satisfaction, commitment and engagement, absenteeism, injury and illness rates, productivity, organizational resiliency and the bottom line.

No sector, industry or work unit can afford to ignore work-life and well-being issues. The question is no longer “Should we act?” but rather “How should we act?”