Wellness, including [massage therapy, yoga sessions] and other types of stress-reduction, has been a trend in corporate America for some time now. Some of it is about healthcare cost reduction and some is about reducing burnout. How well these programs actually work is subject to debate. But I do sometimes wonder why employers seem to focus so much on the symptoms (stress and burnout) and so little on the “disease.”
"Glassdoor, the online job recruiting website, released its annual best work/life balance job rankings. The list was dominated by jobs in the technology sector. Glassdoor believes that the more in-demand a position is, the more leverage an employee has to negotiate conditions and terms, directly impacting their work/life balance and happiness. Non-tech jobs that made the list include positions with lower salaries such as substitute teacher and library assistant, a fact that Glassdoor believes shows that people have different definitions of work/life balance.
The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Partnership for Women & Families have released an updated version of our employer paid leave chart, New and Expanded Employer Paid Family Leave Policies (2015-2016), which highlights new paid family leave policies announced from 2015 through the present by high-profile companies. Of note is that recently, two companies, Deloitte and Discovery Communications, have begun providing family leave that allows for elder care and care for a seriously ill family member.
"Researchers from Ball State University and Saint Louis University have now found the opposite might be true -- that blurring the boundaries and integrating work and life might better equip us to handle cognitive transitions while limiting the drain on our cognitive resources."
Employee feedback is often a major factor in getting onto a "best workplace" list. This approach makes a lot of sense, intuitively. It’s democratic. It’s Yelp-like, egalitarian. It gets inside what it can really mean to work at a company. At the same time, it does raise questions: if a great workplace is judged largely by intangibles—by what it feels like to work there—how sustainable is it?