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Mismatch exists between serious work-life issues and 2010 company plans.

The top work-life initiatives being implemented by employers do not address the most serious issues facing their workers, according to a survey sponsored by the Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP).

The survey, "The State of Work-Life 2010," found a strong commitment to work-life initiatives among senior managers in a wide range of industries. But the survey also revealed that many employers are not committing resources to address the most serious challenges they say they are facing.

When asked to identify the top two work-life issues facing their companies in 2010, employers most frequently cited employee stress and burnout, excessive workload, and employee engagement and commitment. While half of the companies in the study expect to address employee engagement and commitment this year, few say they will try to resolve the root causes of workload and stress/burnout, preferring instead to address the symptoms of those problems through wellness and resiliency programs and flexibility policies. On the other hand, nearly half of the companies will address career management in 2010, yet only 15 percent view it as a serious issue.

"There are a variety of explanations for this mismatch between needs and plans," says Kathie Lingle, executive director of AWLP "One key possibility is that while many work-fife professionals have a clear conception of the most serious organizational issues, they do not independently set the agenda for what actually gets addressed."

On a positive note, the survey found a widespread dedication to general work-life issues, with 83 percent of respondents saying senior leadership commitment to work-life issues at their company has increased or held steady The commitment of human and monetary resources to work-life endeavors has also remained stable.

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Publication:The Journal of Employee Assistance
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2010
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