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#HRTailgate Preview: Work-Life Balance

Balance—everyone wants the secret to “do it all,” especially when it comes to managing a work life. According to a 2015 study conducted by WorkplaceTrends.com, only 45 percent of employees surveyed feel they have enough time each week to manage both their personal and professional responsibilities. That staggering number points to evidence that employees have more on their plates today than perhaps any other generation of workers in recent history. Is work-life balance attainable or a myth we’ve bought into? We’ve brought in a team of work-life balance experts to share their views for the next installment of our popular Twitter chat series and want your insights.

Our fifth HR Tailgate, “Serve Up a Work-Life Balance,” will delve into how to help employees find a work-life balance, as well as the benefits and challenges of work flexibility. Join us on Tuesday, May 24, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. CST for an engaging chat led by guest hosts and work-life balance experts Deborah Crowe, motivational speaker, Maggie Murphy, editor of Texture by Next Issue, and Anu Mannathikuzhiyil, HR generalist for G&A Partners.

If you’ve never been involved in a Twitter chat, don’t fret — it’s simple and fun. A Twitter chat is a live conversation focused on a topic — for this month, ours is work-life balance. The chat is guided by eight questions; chat participants can engage in dialogue with chat hosts and other chat participants by answering the questions and using the hashtag #HRTailgate. (Forbes shares everything you need to know about a Twitter chat in this article.)

Want to know what to expect? Get excited and gear up for the chat by visiting the recap of October’s HR Tailgate, “How to Make Your Employees and Teammates Feel Like Star Players,” December’s HR Tailgate, “Employee Benefits Game Plan,” January’s HR Tailgate, “Score a Wellness Touchdown,” or March’s “Tackling Social Media in HR.”

How to participate

First: Follow your chat hosts on Twitter

Then: Prepare to share your HR knowledge and learn from others with the following questions.

  • There’s a lot of debate on whether a work-life balance can really exist. Why do you feel it can/cannot exist?
  • Technology and social media have made the 9-to-5 workday virtually obsolete. How has this “always on” mentality impacted work-life balance?
  • How can overworked employees negatively impact an organization’s success?
  • How can employers prevent or remedy employee burnout?
  • How can employers let employees know they value and respect their time outside of the office?
  • What are some challenges employers might face when implementing flexible work arrangements as a tool to promote a healthy work-life balance?
  • How can companies with a large percentage of employees working remotely create and maintain a strong company culture?
  • What does your workplace do to help employees achieve a work-life balance?

Next: End your answers with the hashtag #HRTailgate to participate.

This article is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as legal advice. Readers should contact legal counsel for legal advice.

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