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Balanced lives benefit workers and employers

Balanced lives benefit workers and employers

A new resource document published today highlights the benefits for employers and workers of ensuring staff maintain a healthy balance between their paid work and other responsibilities.

Work-Life Balance: a resource for the State Services was produced by a joint project team of public service departments, the State Services Commission and the Public Service Association (PSA).

Speaking at its launch, PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff said New Zealand needs to change its work culture.

“Work is a major part of people’s lives – but it should not dominate to such an extent that family life, community involvement and participation in leisure activities are compromised. This resource will help unions and employers ensure workers can enjoy balanced lives.

“Introducing balanced lives policies pays off for employers as well as workers. Studies show strong links between balanced lives policies and reduced absenteeism, increased productivity and job satisfaction.

“New Zealanders work amongst the longest hours in OECD, while our pay rates lag far behind. Unless employers adopt balanced lives policies we will simply stop attracting the skilled migrants New Zealand seeks to maintain economic growth.

“A central theme running through this resource is that partnerships between unions and employers are essential if practical and workable balanced lives policies are to be successfully implemented.

“The PSA was pleased to contribute to the development of this resource and we look forward to it being used widely across the public sector,” Richard Wagstaff said.

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