Work-Life Balance
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Your Team Running on Empty?

Recharge with a Work-Life Balance Training

The right work-life balance training program can give your team tools to manage stress, overwhelm, frenzy, and an always-on world, and dramatically increase engagement.

Use our five-step Work-Life Balance Starter Kit below to get things going. You can download our work-life balance survey, get the best business arguments for a work-life program, and learn how to get a work-life program supported and greenlighted.


Client Reviews


“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

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


Shari Norwood - VP, IBM

“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

"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

"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

"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
U Texas program

“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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“Joe Robinson is a true inspiration."

Brian Grazer - Producer ("A Beautiful Mind," "Da Vinci Code"), Co-Chair Imagine Entertainment
New York City Health

“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
HH Hunt Homes

“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 & CEO, HH Hunt Homes
GACSB program

“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

“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

Humans Don't Have Pentium Processors

In an always-on workplace, attention is one of the first things to go. Since attention is our chief productivity tool, that takes a toll on performance. As demands increase, it takes more effort to get the work done. The constant intrusion of unbounded interruptions adds to the attention problem, making every task seem more difficult than it is.

The answer to the chaos and distraction is our work-life balance training. Work Smarter, Live Better shows through the science how to work more effectively, get more done in less time, cut stress and increase employee engagement. Check out the video at left, where Joe Robinson dissects some of the bottlenecks and challenges facing all of us these days.

5 Steps to Work-Life Balance

1. Do a Survey: Download a Work-Life Survey

Demonstrating the need for a work-life inititiave with a survey can be a great start. Low work-life survey scores are one of the most frequent reasons organizations come to us in search of a training program for their staff. You can do your own survey using our "How to Do a Work-Life Balance Survey" ebook, which has 20 questions covering the key hot-button issues. You can post the survey on Survey Monkey for anonymous results--or contact us, and we can set up the survey for you.

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2. Get the Top 5 Arguments for Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance has a host of benefits for employers. A survey from the Corporate Executive Board found that people who feel they have good work-life balance work 21% harder than their colleagues. Make a great case to your leaders with the Top 5 Reasons for Work-Life Balance—productivity, increased revenue, improved retention, more engagement, and increased wellness and reduced health costs.

For anyone who wants to optimize performance and revenues—from better time management, to more focus and results, the top five arguments spell it out. Click the button below for the whole article and delve into more data on our Work-Life Balance Research page. 

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3. Sell the Performance Improvements of WLB

Work-life balance doesn't just make employees feel they can manage their lives better. The best work-life balance programs, for instance, give your team tools to work smarter and more effectively, driving stress down and productivity up. What are the bottlenecks on your team? Email overload? Time frenzy? Interruptions and distractions? Show leaders the process improvements work-life balance can bring. Here's a partial list. Participants get tools to:

Control email and information overload
• Increase teamwork
• Improve time management 
• Manage interruptions and distractions
• Build time estimation skills
• Get more done faster 
• Reduce crisis mentality
• Increase focus and attention

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4. Start at the Team Level

It's great if you can get a work-life balance training program initiated for the whole company, but if not, start smaller—with your team. Many of the trainings we do are driven by individual managers who want to vitalize their teams or by people who are part of groups within the company with a special interest in work-family, such as wellness committees or women's support groups.

Start small, demonstrate the impact the program can have, and you can kick off what happened at IBM Research after one of our programs, when other departments wanted to get in on the fun. 

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5. Reach Out to the Right Work-Life Partner

We're here to help support you and your staff along the journey to a great work-life balance event. Our expertise in working with a host of companies, big and small, from Nestle, to Budweiser, to New York City Public Health, gives us the experience to make your event a resounding success.

Our focus is not generalities or platitudes, but on specific, research-based tools your team can put together right away in a fun and interactive presentation. Check out our Work-Life Balance page for details.

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The Work Smarter, Live Better Program

In a crazy-busy world, 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 other 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 dramatically 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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Revitalize Your Team with Work-Life Training

Work-life programs create healthier work practices, more space for responsibilities outside the office, and people who feel they are valued and supported. The research shows that means better performance and attitude. Visit our Work-Life Balance page, and learn how much healthier, focused, and productive your team can be. Revitalize your organization with the best tools science has to offer.

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Work-Life Balance Is a Success Tool

Some of the most successful companies in the world see their work-life balance policies as key to their growth, such as SAS Institute, Sales Force, and National Instruments. Many small and midsize companies have also found work-life policies to be critical to their success.
First Tennessee Bank. A little flexibility goes a long way. When employees were given the flexibility to change schedules every three weeks, earnings increased $.40 a share in three years and customer retention jumped from 88% to 95%.
1-800-CONTACTS. Work-life and flex policies cut retention from 140% to 35% at 1-800 CONTACTS, one-third of industry rates. 
The H Group. Owner Ron Kelemen's adoption of  crosstraining, in which employees and owner are trained to take care of colleagues' work when they are on vacation and vice-versa was a big plus for this company, winner of the "Small Business of the Year" award in the Salem, Oregon area. Kelemen says he has doubled his income since he made the change to an extra week of vacation and the teamwork to cover it. "The best productivity strategy I've ever seen," he says.
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