The Productive Edge


Joe Robinson discusses the hazards of reflex behavior and keys to smarter work, less stress, and a better work-life.

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Work-Life Balance Programs Pay

Work-life programs drive productivity. A Federal Reserve Bank study found that effective work-life balance resulted in a 10.6% increase in productivity. 
Work-life programs increase profits. Firms with the highest employee engagement have triple the shareholder return (Hewitt Assoc.).
Work-life programs cut medical costs. High-stress employees visit general practitioners 26% more than low-stress workers and specialists 27% more (Azagba, Sharof).
Work-life programs drive the best retention. At firms with low engagement 40% of employees want to leave. At high-engagement firms, only 10% think of leaving (Towers Watson).
Work-life programs build commitment. Flex programs promote near universal loyalty (Reichheld).
Work-life programs boost job satisfaction. Employees who are satisfied with their benefits are three times more likely to feel satisfied with their jobs and loyal to the company (MetLife). 

Success Stories

An ambitious work-life balance program at Deloitte & Touche tailored to younger workers saved the company $100 million in turnover costs
Work-life and flex policies cut retention from 140% to 35% at 1-800 CONTACTS, one-third of industry rates, and from 22% to 13% for tax services firm Ryan LLC, well below the 21% average 
Ernst and Young saved $15 million with one flexibility initiative

 

Work-Life Programs

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WORK-LIFE BALANCE:
Work Smarter, Live Better

Most people learn the tools of their trade, but not how to work in the most effective way, based on the science. That leaves things to default mode—reflex and the burnout model. This program arms your team or group with research-based strategies that build more effective work and life practices.

Attendees find out how to make the critical adjustments to how they do tasks and how they respond to stress, time frenzy and other reflex behaviors. They are equipped with an array of self-management tools to avoid overwhelm and distraction, control information overload and interruptions, improve time management and prioritization, build the most potent motivation, and dramatically upgrade vitality and well-being on the job and off. 

The research shows that work-life balance is an essential engagement tool, building proactive, committed employees. Gallup found that people who have good work-life balance are 21% more productive. 

Equip your team with the best tools science has to offer, and the performance—and employee survey results—will make you glad you did. 

An increase in retention of just 5% can boost revenues 25% to 100% (Reichheld). Building a sustainable work-life management system is a win-win for all.

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Striking a Better Balance

There's a lot on our plates these days, but there are excellent tools to help us manage it without imploding. This webinar gives you those tools, detailing the strategies of a healthier road to success, one based on the most effective ways to work.

When we work on autopilot, it’s easy to fall into a retaliatory mode that keeps us behind the eight-ball, simply reacting to things without managing them. In the program we zero in on adjustments and modifications to how we do our tasks that the research says are more productive than rote reflex. 

Get easy-to-implement strategies you can put to work right away to cut stress, end burnout, improve time management and prioritization, control email overload, boost energy and health, and carve out the most gratifying life outside work. Click here to buy...

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WORK-LIFE BALANCE

Work-life balance pays for these employees 

Work-Life Balance Fuels Engagement

A recent survey by the Corporate Executive Board, which represents 80% of the Fortune 500 companies, ranks work-life balance as one of the most important workplace attributes—second only to compensation. They found that employees who feel they have good work-life balance work 21% harder than those who don't. That's the definition of the discretionary effort that comes from engagement.

And that's a powerful dividend for working in a way that the research says is more productive anyway. Studies (see right column) show that work-life balance initiatives dramatically increase revenues, reduce costs, and drive the best retention.

Our comprehensive work-life program brings all those benefits to your organization. It's one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to keep staff engaged, recharged, and motivated. We provide the skills that control the defaults that fuel stress, burnout, and habits that drain productivity and drive up costs. 

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Increase Effectiveness, Cut Stress

Full employee engagement slideSo what is work-life balance, anyway? Viable work-life balance requires a concerted effort to address the nature of the work and how it can be done in the most effective way, as well as tools that manage workload and devices, encourage engagement, and help employees navigate the work-life divide. Our training programs bring together all these elements, with comprehensive self-management, time management, stress management, technology management, and vitality management strategies.

Our programs build full engagement skills, instill the most potent motivation—intrinsic, which fuels competence and achievement—give your team essential strategies to control stress and technology, and provide critical recharging strategies. Like cell phones and iPods, humans need batteries charged too to stay productive. 

A sustainable approach to performance increases productivity. Studies show that MRI scans of fatigued brains look exactly like ones that are sound asleep! 

More effective work means better communication, more teamwork, less stress, and more commitment. Studies show that support from supervisors and work colleagues is more important to work-life fit than support from family and friends. 

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Actionable Work-Life Tools   

Our work-life programs (see right column) provide practical tools that help teams and individuals work smarter and live better. The focus is on adjusting work style for better health and work-family outcomes. The training provides easy-to-learn strategies to:

Reframe stress
Eliminate burnout
Manage out-of-control email
Set boundaries
Improve time management
Develop prioritization skills
Boost energy and optimism
Deploy the most potent motivation for engagement
Improve health and wellness
Activate the most fulfilling life

Building work-life skills is about making the right adjustments and resisting autopilot behavior. Acting without thinking drives us into the unbalanced column. Clarity of mind and purpose leads to better time management, project management, and life management. We're able to take care of our work, ourselves, and our lives outside the job.

The Engine of Vitality

The "life" piece of work-life often gets overlooked, but it's the engine of productivity and vitality—and the best stress buffer. Exhausted employees are operating without the vitality needed to get the job done well.  

Our programs build skills that not only activate better work, but also behaviors that increase healthy living, more quality time with family and friends, and the fullest life. Most people have a hard time unlocking the engaging experiences at the heart of a gratifying life. We provide those tools, which drive the vitality, optimism, and satisfaction that employees bring to the job.

Contact us for details on how a Work-Life Balance program can dramatically increase effectiveness and improve work-life for your organization. 

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