Work-Life Toolkit for Managers: Needs Assessment Tools

                                                     

                                   

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Needs Assessment Tools

                                          

To develop a work-life strategy and plan you must first understand the needs of your employees and staff. The work-life needs of your employees are unique and change over time. Employees often feel that there is a stigma associated with expressed needs for work-life solutions. As a manager, you must demonstrate support and create an environment of trust to achieve and strengthen an engaged, high-performing team. A great place to start is simply asking your employees:

  • What can I do to support your well-being?
  • Do you have the support you need to manage work and personal or family life?
  • How satisfied are you with your current schedule?

 

Some common best practices used to assess your employees’ needs are:

One-on-one meetings - Take advantage of routine one-on-one meetings, such as performance review sessions or during the on-boarding process
Focus Groups - Conduct focus group sessions or listening sessions around work-life topics
Surveys - Leverage existing survey results that may identify work-life challenges (i.e., Federal Work-Life Survey, Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, climate surveys, etc.)

Below are tools that you may find helpful to engage your employees:

 

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