for Work-Life Balance was set up last year and aims to promote and
share best practice ideas on achieving a better work-life balance,
which benefits both the employer and the employee.
All 22 of the pioneering organisations involved,
some small and medium sized businesses as well as large blue-chip
organisations, have one thing in common. We all believe that our
organisations have benefited from the introduction of work-life
balance policies and that the principles of such policies are key
to our success in the future. By putting work-life balance at the
heart of our corporate culture we have, for instance, been able
to improve morale, reduce absenteeism and employee turnover.
Over the past year, the organisations Employers
for Work-Life Balance have been a great source of information and
advice and a good starting point for companies wishing to find out
more about work-life policies. We continue to see an appetite by
businesses wanting to take further action in this area. Well over
half a million hits to our website last year are testimony to this
and has contributed to our decision to continue our work into a
We are delighted that the Government has also announced
a range of new activities to support work-life balance and we look
forward to continuing to work with them to achieve our joint objectives.
The Employers for Work-Life Balance organisations
do not have all the answers. We are all at the beginning of this
process and there is much more still to be achieved, but we hope
that what we have learnt will continue to be of value to those employers
looking at this issue for the first time.
Peter Ellwood, Chairman Employers
for Work-Life Balance
and Group Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Group plc.