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Monday, July 10, 2006

Striking a balance

Finally, some progress in what companies are doing to help employees with work/life balance. The CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey found companies offered an average of nine work/life programs in 2005, up from eight in 2004 and seven in 2003. That's slow and steady progress!
Here are the most common work/life programs:
Employee assistance (73 percent)
Leave for school functions (65 percent)
Wellness (64 percent)
Flu Shots (61 percent)
Fitness (55 percent)

Here's the nugget most employees already know: Almost two out of three employees who fail to show up for work aren’t physically ill, according to the CCH survey. Personal illness accounts for only 35 percent of unscheduled absences, while 65 percent of absences are due to other reasons, including Family Issues (21 percent), Personal Needs (18 percent), Entitlement Mentality (14 percent) and Stress (12 percent).
Maybe more companies will wise up to the benefits of helping employees with issues in their personal lives. My employer is catching on. How about yours?

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