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Work-Life Toolkit for Managers

Creating a flexible, supportive work environment requires managers to take a proactive approach to build an engaged team and maximize organizational performance. As a manager, you have the ability to impact the well-being of your employees and colleagues in every interaction you have.  Your role is to continuously learn and understand the various work-life programs and practices, effectively assess work-life needs of your team members, and take appropriate action to develop strategic work-life solutions that support those needs. This webpage will assist you in this process by providing you with the knowledge and tools you need for success. 

LEARN

Learn about the various work-life tools, programs, and strategic business practices that may be available in your agency The Introduction to Leave, Work-Life, and Workplace Flexibilities virtual course is designed for managers and employees seeking to understand the vast resources and flexible workplace options available in the Federal government as well as how to access and apply those resources effectively. The Executive Excellence and Wellness through Strategic Leadership virtual course is another great tool you can use to gain valuable knowledge, strategies, and resources on how to use strategic leadership skills in your work and personal life to achieve executive excellence and wellness. In addition, fact sheets below discuss the value of different work-life programs for employees, agency, and our communities. 

Family & Dependent Care

Supports for caregivers in the Federal workplace encompass a range of policies, benefits, and services that provide flexibility, financial support, direct services, and education and resources to support employees facing a range of care responsibilities for family members, friends, or relatives.

FACTS & BUSINESS CASES:

To learn more about family and dependent care programs, visit OPM's Family and Dependent Care webpage and consult with your agency Dependent Care Coordinator. . 

Employee Assistance Program

An EAP is a voluntary, confidential program that helps employees (including management) work through various life challenges that may adversely affect job performance, health, and personal well-being to optimize an organization's success. EAP services include assessments, counseling, and referrals for additional services to employees with personal and/or work-related concerns, such as stress, financial issues, legal issues, family problems, office conflicts, and alcohol and substance use disorders. EAPs also often work with management and supervisors providing advanced planning for situations, such as organizational changes, legal considerations, emergency planning, and response to unique traumatic events.

FACTS & BUSINESS CASES:

To learn more about EAPs, visit OPM's EAP webpage and consult with your agency EAP Administrator . 

Worksite Health & Wellness

A worksite health & wellness program is a set of programs, policies, and environmental supports designed to help employees meet their health and wellness needs. Elements of these programs include but are not limited to agency policies, educational materials and events, physical activity opportunities, lifestyle counseling, screenings, assessments, and immunizations. They address a wide range of health needs, such as but not limited to nutrition, physical activity, stress management, tobacco cessation, and chronic disease prevention and control

FACTS & BUSINESS CASES:

To learn more about worksite health & wellness programs, visit OPM's Worksite Health & Wellness webpage and consult with your agency Worksite Health & Wellness Coordinator. . 

Telework

Telework is a work arrangement that allows an employee to perform work, during any part of regular, paid hours, at an approved alternative worksite (e.g., home, telework center). There are two types of telework:

• Routine telework occurs as part of a previously approved, ongoing, and regular schedule. • Situational telework is approved on a case-by-case basis, where the hours worked were not part of a previously approved, ongoing, and regular telework schedule. Situational telework is sometimes also referred to as episodic, intermittent, unscheduled, or ad-hoc telework.

 

FACTS & BUSINESS CASES:

To learn more about telework, visit Telework.gov and consult with your agency Telework Managing Officer and/or Coordinator. . 

 

ASSESS

Assess and identify employees' work-life needs through effective communication and the use of appropriate tools It is imperative to understand that both men and women 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 wellbeing?" Additionally, you should strive to create a flexible environment that maximizes the awareness, availability, and use of all work-life programs among your team. Doing so can empower employees to use available supports and minimize negative workplace impacts. The following may assist you as a manager to identify needs of your employees: . 

General Approaches and Tips to Assess Your Employees Needs • Conduct focus group sessions or listening sessions around work-life topics • Develop or leverage existing surveys that may identify work-life challenges (i.e., Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, climate surveys, etc.) • Take advantage of routine one-on-one meetings, such as quarterly performance reviews to inquire about individual work-life needs • Review existing policies, programs, and benefits to determine if they can be modified to better address work-life needs

LEARN

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