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Plan Ahead for National Work and Family Month

It’s time to think ahead to October. That’s when businesses across the country are asked to celebrate National Work and Family Month.

Launched by WorldatWork’s Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) in 2003 and subsequently designated as an official observance by the U.S. House of Representatives, National Work and Family Month is about helping employees reduce work life conflict.

If you haven’t started planning already, consider adding National Work and Family Month to your employee education slate.  Here are a few tips to get you started:

  1. Pull together a committee of work life ambassadors to brainstorm creative ways to promote work life alignment and solidify a plan. Then lean on these people to help execute the plan.
  2. Dedicate each week in October to education and activities pertaining to a particular work life issue. Popular weekly themes include financial education, volunteerism, dependent care, elder care, wellness, stress reduction, and workplace flexibility.
  3. Survey employees to find out which work life issues they’d like to learn about most and which services they’d like to see offered (e.g. onsite massage, health screenings, etc.).
  4. Help your employees manage work life conflict by hosting work-life speakers or sharing on-demand webinars on your intranet.
  5. This is also a good time to highlight any work life benefits and to implement new ideas such as work life book clubs, family meet ‘n greets, Biggest Loser competitions, date night care, or employee affinity groups.
  6. Whatever you do, remember to combine live educational events with company-wide education through email and signage. Visit World at Work Alliance for Work-Life Progress for posters and sample media releases you can use to create and promote your campaign.