WORK-LIFE BALANCE

 

Work-Life Balance Programs

That Cut Stress, Fuel Engagement

Manage Demands and Increase Satisfaction with the Most Effective Work and Life Tools

 
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We Help Your Team

Work Smarter, Live Better

Our work-life balance programs help your team manage time, stress, devices, distractions, and navigate the work-life divide. Whether the challenge is overwhelm, change, low work-life survey scores, or high stress or burnout, work-life leader and author Joe Robinson, seen on CNN and Today, supports your talent with the latest research tools to help them work more effectively and feel valued.

Employees who feel they have good work-life balance work 21% harder than those who don't, reports the Corporate Executive Board. That extra effort is the definition of employee engagement and the dividend of great morale.

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Tools for Overloaded Minds, Schedules, and Teams

See Video: Joe Robinson talks about the reflex habits that get in the way of effective performance and a balanced approach to work and life. The more you check email, the more you have to check it. Excess interruptions erode impulse control, blow up working memory, and lead to Attention Deficit Trait.

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Work Smarter, Live Better

See Video: Joe Robinson explains the keys to smarter work and a better work-life. He has appeared in Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and Business Insider, and has led programs for organizations from IBM to Nestle, Kellogg's, LEGO, the Reserve Bank of India, the National Council for Behavioral Health, McDonald's, New York City Public Health, and Anheuser-Busch. 

We Can’t Control the Wind, But We Can Adjust the Sails

There's an expression in the sailing world: "We can't control the wind, but we can adjust the sails." It's a perfect metaphor for the workplace. We all have a job we have to do. We can't change that.

But how we do that job is where we can build in the adjustments and flexibility that help us manage our responsibilities and restore control to an unbounded world. We can adjust the sails. That’s what our work-life programs do, guide your team through the adjustments that make them more effective and able to avoid the behaviors that drive stress and work-life conflict.

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What Is Work-Life Balance, Anyway?

Work-life balance is a series of adjustments to work and life that allow people to feel their responsibilities on both sides of the work-life hyphen are under control. When you are at work, you can be 100% there, and when at home, you can devote full attention to that side.

We show your team how to build a better work-life fit with proactive self-management skills that help them navigate competing demands, be more productive, and activate the best life.

Our interactive work-life balance trainings and keynotes guide your team with the latest science and best practices to a more productive work style, from time management, to stress management, attention management, device management, interruption management, refueling and wellness strategies, resilience skills, and keys to a thriving life outside the office.

Testimonials

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“They loved your presentation. Wow! You were fantastic.”

Shari Morwood - VP, IBM
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“We searched long and hard to find the right trainer. We didn't want airy-fairy but something practical to help us with the uncertainties ahead. Joe Robinson was the best choice we could have made."

Linda Sellan - Marketing & Sales Manager, Nestle Global
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“Joe Robinson's work-life balance training was extremely valuable to our supervisory staff. I'd recommend the training for any organization trying to find the right balance between high performance and employee engagement.”

Terry Field - Program Manager, Florida Department of Children and Families
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“Joe was an inspiration! The sessions with Joe were fun and interactive. He gave us valuable tools to carry forward."

Charla Eversole - Truman Medical Center
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"Joe presented to our top sales group and our executive team on a recent awards trip. The work-life balance presentation provided takeaways that the group put right to work. We had great feedback from the team. They thoroughly enjoyed his presentation. Do yourself a favor and check Joe out! It is well worth it!"

Steve Newell - Servicing Manager, Hallmark Home Mortgage
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"Joe’s productivity and work-life balance training for our leadership team was fun, interactive and relevant. Joe shared many strategies for managing work-life balance that will not only reduce stress on and off the job but will help increase satisfaction in both arenas."

Martha Vanderheyden - Internal Coach, Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital
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"Joe's training was ideal—and perfectly timed for our needs and workforce. The feedback from managers was universally positive!"

Craig Willardson - President & CEO, Moark LLC, $700 million division of Land O' Lakes
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“Your talk included useful and important information presented clearly and cleverly, along with a nice touch of audience engagement. The audience learned something and enjoyed the experience. After almost 40 years of teaching and speaking at professional conferences I know very few people can do this effectively. You can and did!"

Kenneth Ottenbacher - Distinguished Chair, Rehabilitation Sciences, Univ. Texas Medical Branch
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“Our staff really enjoyed Joe's presentation—lots of positive feedback. You have a great message and tips that can benefit all of us. I thought multitasking was a good thing. Not anymore!"

Joseph Slade - Assistant Commissioner, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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“Thank you for spending the week with us and making an impact for our people and our company. I've heard nothing but very positive comments and feel that your message will make a difference in all our lives."

Dan Schmitt - President and CEO, HH Hunt Homes
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“Joe presented at our annual conference, speaking to board members, senior leadership, and clinicians. Members are still talking about his presentation on work-life balance. Talk about speaking the truth. It was like being in church with all the 'Amen's' and 'YESes.' Joe is an inspiration, and we have all committed to making personal changes after his show!"

Robyn Garrett - Executive Director, Georgia Assoc. of Community Service Boards
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“Joe Robinson is a true inspiration."

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Increase Performance and Work-Life Survey Scores

We often hear from clients when low work-life balance scores on employee surveys show strain, which impacts performance in a host of ways. Studies show that work-life conflict reduces effort and increases absenteeism and turnover (Anderson, Coffey, Byerly). It also drives poor health and energy (Frone, Rusee, Barnes) and stress (Anderson et al).

When people have a hard time managing work and home responsibilities, fatigue drains the chief productivity tool, attention. The more fatigue, the more effort it takes to do the job, and performance slips, the research shows.

Our work-life training stops the drainers and adjusts how we do things at work and at home, eliminating overwhelm and increasing flexibility with tools for smarter work and life.

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The Importance Of Work-Life Balance For Organizations

When demands aren’t managed, they manage your team and organization. They steal attention, drive crisis mentality, increase absenteeism and retention problems, health costs go up and job satisfaction goes down. Our programs give your employees the tools to work smarter, get more done with less effort, and increase effectiveness.

There are a host of benefits for the bottom-line when the staff feels they have tools to manage overwhelm, stress, and information overload. As Joe Robinson’s article on the Top 5 Arguments for Work-Life Balance and the infographic at right detail, the benefits come in increased productivity, profits, retention, and engagement.

Employees who are satisfied with their work-life benefits are three times more likely to feel satisfied with their jobs (MetLife).

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10 Ways to Build Sustainable Work-Life Balance

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Manage demands, pressure, and pace
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Control email and information overload
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Manage interruptions and multitasking
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Improve time management
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Develop prioritization and time estimation skills
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Increase optimism, resilience, and positive emotions
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Refuel brains and bodies
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Get Proven Strategies for Employees and Employers

We provide proven strategies vetted by the research to solve challenges for both staff and management. Visit our Work-Life Balance Research page to learn more or check out Joe Robinson's article, "The Scientific Connection Between Work-Life Balance, Productivity, and Engagement."

We also provide you with a system to measure progress from the program and create process improvements. Seeing tangible gains is a big leverage point for engagement.

 

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Work Smarter, Live Better

SEE VIDEO: Attendees at Joe Robinson's Work Smarter, Live Better program talk about how his strategies helped them with stress management and work-life balance.

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Work-Life Balance Training & Keynotes: The Work Smarter, Live Better Program

It's very easy to get caught up in a work style that makes us act before we think, reacting to devices and others all day. It's a pattern that leads to doing more than we can do well, mistakes, stress, burnout, and reduced productivity.

There's a more productive way to work: managing demands, instead of having them manage us. This inspirational and interactive training shows your team how to do that, by using the latest research and best practices to make key adjustments to how they do their tasks and respond to stress, time frenzy, and reflex behaviors.

We equip your team with an array of self-management tools to manage interruptions and email overload, improve time management and prioritization, increase focus, reframe stress, refuel energy, and upgrade quality of life.

They also get strategies to navigate the work-life divide and activate a fulfilling life outside the office, shown to increase attention and success on the job.

Give your team the best tools science has to offer, and big dividends in performance, retention, engagement, and improved work-life survey scores follow.

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Learning Activities That Are Fun and Interactive 

The best way to learn anything is by doing. Our programs put an emphasis on the interactive side of things. The usual reaction is like the one we got from a manager with the Florida Dept. of Children and Families, "Was that really three hours? We were doing so many things, the time flew by."

A group multitasking exercise from the University of Michigan's David Meyer, one of the nation's top attention experts, illustrates to everyone in 10 seconds how multitasking high-cognitive tasks can't be done. We get a solution that cuts stress and increases focus.

We Help Your Team Feel Valued

Work-life balance signals your team that someone cares, that they are supported in their efforts to manage demands, solve bottlenecks, and reduce work-life conflict. When this happens, employees reciprocate with increased commitment and job satisfaction (Beauregard, Henry) and reduced turnover intentions (Aryee, Luk).

People who think you are looking out for them look out for the team and organization, because they feel valued. They are more willing to go the extra mile, the mark of employee engagement. You can't command engagement — that has to come from the employee's discretionary effort — but you can enable it through work-life balance strategies that reduce stress and overwhelm and address core psychological needs. 

Unleash the Engine of Engagement

The main dimension of employee engagement is energy or vigor. The brain fatigues well before the body, so we have to keep it recharged on a regular basis just like our smartphones to keep our chief productivity tool, attention, charged and ready.

Your team learns how to do that and bolster the self-regulation system key to focus, discipline, and impulse control. The goal is more top-down attention, which drives concentration and results. 

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What’s Life Got To Do With It?

Life satisfaction goes a long way toward job satisfaction. They are a team. Life is the engine of our productivity, vitality, focus, and attitude that we bring to the job.  

The Work Smarter, Live Better work-life balance program helps your team recharge vitality during the day, when they get home, and on the weekends. Recovery strategies outside the office reduce stress and help us return to work the next morning minus strain and fatigue — and with a more positive attitude, studies show (see Joe Robinson's article, "The Science of Work Recovery").

Your team learns how to activate the fullest life outside work, unlocking experiences that fuel satisfaction with a skill-set that is opposite of what's needed at the office. They find out how to initiate quality life experiences, and get family, friends, significant others, and themselves on the calendar.

We can’t do anything about 60% of our potential happiness, which is due to genetic or circumstantial factors, but we can control the other 40%, and your team learns how. This inspirational program gives your group tools to dramatically increase their life satisfaction, which shows up in a more positive spirit on the job.