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Alternative Work Arrangements

Over recent years, work life policies have moved from being a ‘nice-to-have” human resource issue, to a strategic business move. Addressing work life balance within an organization means reduced absenteeism, enhanced productivity and greater potential for recruitment and retention. Use this Alternative Work Arrangement guide to help address issues of work life balance in your organization.

Alternative Work ArrangementsDid you know?

  • Studies show that the inability to balance work, family and community has been linked to reduced work performance, higher employee turnover, poor morale, increased work conflict and inequities in workloads
  • People who report high levels of stress associated with balancing work and family are more likely to be absent from work
  • One study found that the supply of child care in Canada is not adequate to meet the needs of families with young and school-aged children
  • Statistics Canada estimates that stress-related disorders due to overwork cost Canadian businesses $12 billion a year
  • Other costs related to stress and work-family conflict include higher accident levels, lost work time, and reduced productivity
  • A Conference Board of Canada study of five companies found a positive link between customer satisfaction and employee job satisfaction
Source: Human Resources and Social Development Canada



Alternative Work Arrangements can benefit both the employer and employee.

 Employer benefits:

  • Increased ability to attract, retain and motivate employees
  • Reduced absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Increased productivity
  • Increased employee commitment to the organization
  • Improved company image

For the employee:

  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Increased work life balance
  • Reduction in stress

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Revised: August 10, 2015


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