Savvy organisations have realised that Family Life Education can be an effective tool for employee engagement. When employers invest in their staff, equipping them with the know-how to manage their lives outside of work, their overall satisfaction and loyalty towards the organisation increases.
These are some vital steps in creating a successful Family-Life Strategy:
Take a long-term view
Too often we hear of organisations that conduct family-life education programmes on an ad-hoc basis, only for these stand-alone events to get lost in the clutter of multiple other staff wellness initiatives. Indeed, the impact of family-life education is felt when it is reinforced repeatedly and through various channels. Rather than hold one-off programmes, organisations should consider rolling out an annual calendar of family-life events, talks and workshops that will successively build on each other, and equip staff with the knowledge to manage various aspects of life including ensuring Work-Life harmony, building happy life-long marriages and strengthening the parent-child bond, amongst others.
Communicate the Family-Life message
Achieving a critical mass of participants is a key challenge when organising FLE initiatives. Consistent reinforcement of the Family-Life message can serve to drum up interest in upcoming programmes. This could include embedding Family-Life tips in a regular employee e-newsletter or even engaging an FLE service provider to supply quarterly Family-Life articles on a variety of topics for your intranet.
Get management buy-in
Family-Life Education programmes tend to be initiated by HR or smaller interest groups within the organisation. In order to roll out an annual Family-Life strategy, we recommend getting the buy-in of Management. This person need not necessarily work in HR, but may have a personal passion for Family-Life Education, and could be a vocal advocate and champion for your Family-Life Education initiatives.
These tips are provided by Focus on the Family Singapore (www.family.org.sg), a local charity dedicated to helping families thrive by providing quality family life education and resources.