ATLANTA- Despite all the discourse the past few years, the topic of work-life balance is still as popular as ever—in fact, a new book just came out with essays from mothers on this issue, called “Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood.” Not even the president is immune from these issues: a Washington Post article early this year talked about how President Obama balanced work and play during his winter vacation to Hawaii.
So that we may recognize companies that create and promote work environments conducive to work-life balance, Constangy established an award program in 2006 honoring outstanding work-life balance initiatives or programs either company-wide or inside corporate legal departments. Constangy’s Excellence in Work-Life Balance Award is designed to honor the efforts of a company to achieve work-life balance through development and implementation of policies and programs. No matter how large or small the initiative or program—or the size of the employer—the award recognizes excellence in work-life balance in either overall efforts or in the application of one particular program, with an emphasis on measurable results.
A 2008 study by Hudson Highland Group Inc. of more than 1,500 U.S. workers reported that nearly a third considered work-life balance and flexibility to be the most important factor in considering job offers. In addition, the U.S. President’s Study of American Work-Life Balance (March 2010) states that work-life balance programs “can reduce turnover and improve recruitment, increasing the productivity of an employer’s workforce. These practices are also associated with improved employee health and decreased absenteeism, a major cost for employers.”
Work-life balance programs, through applications such as flexible work arrangements, employee wellness programs, telecommuting and job-sharing, can help employees feel truly connected to their companies, fostering loyalty, mutual respect and a positive work environment. Particularly since the onset of the recent recession, many employees who have been downsized have been inspired to reconnect with their family and personal interests and are actively seeking a new career conducive to work-life balance.
Nominations may be made by human resources departments on behalf of entire companies for company-wide work-life balance efforts, or by in-house counsel on behalf of in-house legal departments’ work-life balance efforts. Nominations may be made for comprehensive programs that cover several work-life balance efforts, or for one initiative in particular that has had a substantial positive effect on the company and its employees.
The winner will receive a crystal trophy and a $1,000 donation in the company’s name to the charity of its choice. Applications are due July 31, 2011.
About Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP:
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP has counseled employers on labor and employment law matters, exclusively, since 1946. A “Go To” Law Firm in Corporate Counsel and Fortune Magazine, it represents Fortune 500 corporations and small companies across the country. Its attorneys are consistently rated as top lawyers in their practice areas by sources such as Chambers USA, Martindale-Hubbell, and Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States, and the firm is top-ranked by the U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers Best Law Firms survey. More than 130 lawyers partner with clients to provide cost-effective legal services and sound preventive advice to enhance the employer-employee relationship. Offices are located in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.constangy.com.