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Business case – The right policies

Develop work-life policies that are right for your business

Your ‘people plan’ – finding and retaining talented staff – is an important part of your business plan. Find out how to achieve your objectives by having the right number, mix and relationships for your organisation.

Consider your business objectives, then choose the option below that best describes your current staffing needs:

1. Increase numbers of staff and/or import new skills
2. Maintain current staffing levels and retain top talent
3. Reduce existing staffing levels
4. Enhance employee commitment to improve customer experience

 


1. Increase numbers of staff and/or import new skills

Solution: Focus on work-life balance as a recruitment incentive
   
How to do it: Advertise posts as being open to flexible working patterns
   
Outcome: Your recruitment pool will be broadened as you attract more people with the right skills (such as young people, those with young children), who want to work more flexibly e.g. different hours or reduced hours such as 2, 3 or 4 days per week

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2. Maintain current staffing levels and retain top talent

Solution: Focus on work-life balance as an employee retention incentive
   
How to do it: Send out questionnaires to discover the work-life balance policies that staff would most value: consider innovative solutions such as concierge services or flexible benefits
   
Outcome:

Developing an attractive mix of work-life policies and provisions available to everyone, alongside development and training, will encourage staff to stay put

Encouraging a flexible working culture will prepare you for changing business challenges ahead

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3. Reduce existing staffing levels

Solution: Focus on work-life balance as an employee retention incentive at a time when morale may be low
   
How to do it: Review your work-life strategy as a priority; offer new options; such as flexible working patterns or home working
   
Outcome:

Morale will be boosted at a key time, ensuring that staff numbers are not further eroded

Valuable staff will feel invested in as individuals and rewarded for taking on bigger workloads

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4. Enhance employee commitment to improve customer experience

Solution: Focus on work-life balance as a means of developing staff co-operation and commitment
   
How to do it: Develop an inclusive, organisation-wide work-life policy; show respect for the needs of individuals
   
Outcome:

Improved customer loyalty; more consistent product quality; staff will be prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ in terms of customer service and innovative thinking

 

Where to next?
Introducing change – your action plan
Core elements of a work-life strategy
Corporate case studies
Jargon buster

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