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Work/family life balance: Canadian companies banking on flexibility

Some strategies are more successful than others as regards work/family life balance. According to a recent study by Hewitt & Associates, a human resources consulting and outsourcing firm, the most popular measures focus on flexibility:

– 86% of organizations offer flexible work hours for all or part of their employees

– 77% permit allow all or some employees to telecommute regularly

– 74% offer additional paid time off for personal reasons in addition to regular vacation time

– 65% allow time off for educational purposes

– 54% allow some or all employees to job share

– 43% authorize a compressed work week

– 36% offer sabbatical leave

– 32% support volunteerism by providing extra paid time off

The 164 Canadian companies that responded to this survey reported that only a third of their employees worked a regular full-time work week (35 to 40 hours a week). 45% worked from 1 to 5 hours extra a week, 23% 5 to 10 hours more and 1% 10 to 15 additional hours.

By Priscilla Franken – Good to know of Jul 08, 2010

Retrieved from HR.ca on Aug. 16 2010

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