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Unformatted text preview: Running​ ​Head:​ ​FIG​ ​TECHNOLOGIES​ ​WORK-LIFE​ ​BALANCE Fig​ ​Technologies:​ ​Work-Life​ ​Balance Dominique​ ​Jones​ ​Oliver Columbia​ ​Southern​ ​University ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​1 FIG​ ​TECHNOLOGIES:​ ​WORK-LIFE​ ​BALANCE ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​2 Fig​ ​Technologies:​ ​Work-Life​ ​Balance High​ ​performance​ ​organizations​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Fig​ ​Technologies​ ​has​ ​been​ ​able​ ​to​ ​achieve​ ​some key​ ​advantages​ ​in​ ​developing​ ​their​ ​organizational​ ​environment.​ ​Developing​ ​key​ ​employees​ ​as well​ ​as​ ​building​ ​a​ ​growing​ ​leadership​ ​is​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​many​ ​task​ ​organizations​ ​take​ ​on​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to keep​ ​their​ ​competitive​ ​advantages.​ ​Providing​ ​employees​ ​with​ ​a​ ​flexible​ ​schedule​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to allow​ ​them​ ​the​ ​right​ ​balance​ ​between​ ​their​ ​work​ ​and​ ​home​ ​responsibilities​ ​can​ ​go​ ​a​ ​long​ ​way​ ​in retaining​ ​key​ ​talents​ ​in​ ​the​ ​organization.​ ​In​ ​order​ ​to​ ​retain​ ​the​ ​organization’s​ ​key​ ​talents,​ ​Fig Technologies​ ​will​ ​want​ ​to​ ​encourage​ ​flexible​ ​work​ ​schedules​ ​for​ ​their​ ​employees​ ​to​ ​reduce workplace​ ​stress,​ ​to​ ​cut​ ​down​ ​health​ ​related​ ​cost,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​reduce​ ​the​ ​organization’s​ ​turnover rates. Gender​ ​Demographics​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Workplace Data​ ​collected​ ​worldwide​ ​shows​ ​that​ ​women​ ​earn​ ​only​ ​about​ ​66%​ ​of​ ​their​ ​male counterparts​ ​earning​ ​(Bell,​ ​2017)​ ​and​ ​are​ ​much​ ​more​ ​likely​ ​to​ ​be​ ​impoverished.​ ​This​ ​data​ ​can​ ​be observed​ ​in​ ​impoverished​ ​communities​ ​that​ ​are​ ​described​ ​as​ ​being​ ​feminized​ ​with​ ​the disproportionate​ ​number​ ​of​ ​women​ ​that​ ​are​ ​unemployed​ ​or​ ​underemployed​ ​in​ ​those​ ​areas.​ ​In regards​ ​to​ ​the​ ​metaphorical​ ​glass​ ​ceiling,​ ​the​ ​bar​ ​is​ ​actually​ ​set​ ​relatively​ ​low.​ ​ ​Few​ ​women​ ​as well​ ​as​ ​minorities,​ ​are​ ​are​ ​able​ ​to​ ​advance​ ​past​ ​the​ ​second​ ​level​ ​of​ ​management​ ​positions​ ​in​ ​an organization​ ​(Bell,​ ​2017).​ ​This​ ​suggest​ ​that​ ​women​ ​are​ ​likely​ ​to​ ​be​ ​far​ ​lower​ ​on​ ​ ​the organizational​ ​ladder,​ ​than​ ​being​ ​close​ ​to​ ​the​ ​metaphorical​ ​glass​ ​ceiling. There​ ​are​ ​some​ ​biological​ ​difference​ ​between​ ​men​ ​and​ ​women​ ​that​ ​have​ ​been​ ​observed in​ ​several​ ​scientific​ ​studies.​ ​Generally,​ ​men​ ​will​ ​spend​ ​more​ ​time​ ​on​ ​the​ ​pursuit​ ​of​ ​power, whereas​ ​women​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​building​ ​relationships,​ ​cooperation,​ ​and​ ​communication FIG​ ​TECHNOLOGIES:​ ​WORK-LIFE​ ​BALANCE ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​3 (Greenberg​ ​&​ ​Avigdor​,​ ​2009)​.​ ​This​ ​could​ ​have​ ​an​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​how​ ​both​ ​demographics​ ​may contribute​ ​to​ ​an​ ​organization.​ ​Both​ ​men​ ​and​ ​women​ ​provide​ ​valuable​ ​motivations​ ​in​ ​their​ ​work that​ ​can​ ​be​ ​used​ ​to​ ​the​ ​organization's​ ​advantage.​ ​In​ ​business,​ ​relationship​ ​building​ ​between​ ​other companies,​ ​personnel,​ ​and​ ​clients​ ​can​ ​be​ ​important​ ​to​ ​increasing​ ​the​ ​bottom​ ​line.​ ​Since​ ​women are​ ​more​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​building​ ​relationships,​ ​organizations​ ​can​ ​leverage​ ​their​ ​ability​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to gain​ ​loyalty​ ​with​ ​their​ ​clients​ ​and​ ​business​ ​partners. Advantages​ ​of​ ​Flexible​ ​Work​ ​Schedules​ ​and​ ​Responsibilities A​ ​flexible​ ​schedule​ ​in​ ​a​ ​workplace​ ​could​ ​dramatically​ ​reduce​ ​stress​ ​and​ ​alleviate constraints​ ​against​ ​employees​ ​that​ ​may​ ​have​ ​important​ ​responsibilities​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​workplace. Many​ ​working​ ​parents​ ​are​ ​faced​ ​with​ ​time​ ​constraints,​ ​and​ ​as​ ​a​ ​result,​ ​become​ ​more​ ​focused​ ​on their​ ​responsibilities​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​their​ ​workplace​ ​during​ ​working​ ​hours,​ ​causing​ ​them​ ​to​ ​feel stressed.​ ​The​ ​cost​ ​of​ ​stress​ ​incurred​ ​by​ ​employers​ ​could​ ​potentially​ ​amount​ ​to​ ​the​ ​increased​ ​cost in​ ​health​ ​benefits,​ ​number​ ​of​ ​sick​ ​days,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​to​ ​replace​ ​talented​ ​employees. However,​ ​when​ ​people​ ​work​ ​in​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​environment,​ ​they​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​feel​ ​less​ ​stress,​ ​and​ ​when employees​ ​are​ ​consistently​ ​experiencing​ ​low​ ​levels​ ​of​ ​stress,​ ​they​ ​can​ ​makes​ ​well​ ​reasoned​ ​and ethical​ ​business​ ​decisions​ ​(Greenberg​ ​&​ ​Avigdor​,​ ​2009)​.​ ​This​ ​may​ ​be​ ​the​ ​reason​ ​why​ ​people make​ ​the​ ​best​ ​decisions​ ​when​ ​they​ ​are​ ​not​ ​under​ ​stress.​ ​Human​ ​resources​ ​should​ ​considered an​ ​on​ ​site​ ​child​ ​care​ ​facility​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​contribute​ ​to​ ​a​ ​lower​ ​stress​ ​work​ ​environment​ ​that​ ​could greatly​ ​benefit​ ​working​ ​parents​ ​of​ ​younger​ ​children. Success​ ​is​ ​a​ ​goal​ ​that​ ​every​ ​employee​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​achieve,​ ​including​ ​working​ ​parents.​ ​The majority​ ​of​ ​working​ ​parents​ ​want​ ​to​ ​be​ ​successful​ ​both​ ​at​ ​their​ ​workplace,​ ​and​ ​in​ ​their​ ​homes​ ​if given​ ​the​ ​correct​ ​balance​ ​their​ ​work​ ​and​ ​home​ ​responsibilities.​ ​Nearly​ ​90​ ​percent​ ​of​ ​working mothers​ ​like​ ​working​ ​and​ ​would​ ​want​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​on​ ​the​ ​job​ ​if​ ​there​ ​were​ ​no​ ​obstacles​ ​to​ ​their FIG​ ​TECHNOLOGIES:​ ​WORK-LIFE​ ​BALANCE ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​4 working​ ​full-time,​ ​part​ ​time,​ ​or​ ​in​ ​a​ ​flexible​ ​arrangement​ ​(Greenberg​ ​&​ A ​ vigdor​,​ ​2009).​ ​This​ ​will give​ ​employers​ ​an​ ​advantage​ ​in​ ​retaining​ ​talented​ ​employees​ ​if​ ​they​ ​allow​ ​working​ ​parent​ ​a more​ ​flexible​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​their​ ​needs.​ ​Working​ ​parents,​ ​especially​ ​working​ ​mothers​ ​are more​ ​effective​ ​in​ ​the​ ​workplace​ ​(Greenberg​ ​&​ ​Avigdor​,​ ​2009).​ ​Working​ ​mothers​ ​are​ ​ambitious and​ ​motherhood​ ​provides​ ​them​ ​with​ ​great​ ​training​ ​that​ ​is​ ​applicable​ ​to​ ​the​ ​challenges​ ​present​ ​in the​ ​workplace.​ ​Woman​ ​have​ ​a​ ​powerful​ ​tool​ ​that​ ​can​ ​give​ ​them​ ​an​ ​advantage​ ​in​ ​the​ ​workplace, that​ ​is​ ​their​ ​intuition.​ ​Being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​use​ ​their​ ​whole​ ​brain​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​make​ ​difficult​ ​business decisions​ ​that​ ​would​ ​otherwise​ ​be​ ​made​ ​while​ ​separating​ ​emotions​ ​from​ ​logic. High​ ​Performance​ ​Organizations​ ​Achieves​ ​Work-Life​ ​Balance Businesses​ ​in​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​loses​ ​more​ ​than​ ​$300​ ​million​ ​every​ ​year​ ​due​ ​to absenteeism,​ ​turnover,​ ​diminished​ ​productivity,​ ​medical,​ ​legal​ ​and​ ​insurance​ ​expenses​ ​as​ ​it relates​ ​to​ ​employee​ ​stress,​ ​roughly​ ​ten​ ​times​ ​the​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​a​ ​workplace​ ​strike​ ​(Greenberg​ ​& Avigdor​,​ ​2009).​ ​When​ ​stress​ ​is​ ​experienced​ ​by​ ​employees​ ​for​ ​long​ ​periods​ ​of​ ​time,​ ​they​ ​can start​ ​to​ ​experience​ ​physical​ ​symptoms​ ​that​ ​will​ ​cost​ ​employers,​ ​and​ ​impact​ ​their​ ​bottom​ ​line. Worker's​ ​fatigue​ ​is​ ​more​ ​common​ ​in​ ​woman​ ​and​ ​could​ ​potentially​ ​cost​ ​U.S.​ ​employers​ ​over $136​ ​billion​ ​every​ ​year​ ​in​ ​health​ ​related​ ​cost​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​losses​ ​in​ ​productivity​ ​(Greenberg​ ​& Avigdor​,​ ​2009).​ ​Creating​ ​a​ ​reduced​ ​stress​ ​workplace​ ​can​ ​alleviate​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​health​ ​related cost​ ​incurred​ ​by​ ​business​ ​as​ ​it​ ​relates​ ​to​ ​employee’s​ ​health.​ ​Working​ ​parents​ ​become​ ​less productive​ ​in​ ​the​ ​workplace​ ​when​ ​they​ ​are​ ​concerned​ ​about​ ​child​ ​care,​ ​leading​ ​to​ ​an​ ​increased amount​ ​of​ ​stress​ ​during​ ​working​ ​hours​ ​(Greenberg,​ ​2010).​ ​This​ ​could​ ​be​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​for human​ ​resources​ ​to​ ​implement​ ​a​ ​subsidized​ ​on​ ​site​ ​child​ ​care​ ​facility​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​greatly​ ​reduce the​ ​stress​ ​of​ ​working​ ​parents,​ ​potentially​ ​impacting​ ​productivity​ ​and​ ​bottom​ ​line​ ​profits. FIG​ ​TECHNOLOGIES:​ ​WORK-LIFE​ ​BALANCE ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​5 Conclusion Employee's​ ​that​ ​are​ ​happy​ ​in​ ​their​ ​workplace​ ​are​ ​highly​ ​engaged​ ​in​ ​their​ ​jobs.​ ​So,​ ​for​ ​a business​ ​to​ ​be​ ​considered​ ​a​ ​high​ ​performance​ ​organization,​ ​their​ ​employee's​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​happy and​ ​engaged.​ ​Being​ ​happy​ ​at​ ​work​ ​allows​ ​employees​ ​to​ ​be​ ​their​ ​most​ ​fulfilled​ ​self.​ ​Employers that​ ​are​ ​forward​ ​thinking​ ​already​ ​understand​ ​the​ ​advantages​ ​of​ ​fostering​ ​happier​ ​employees, and​ ​that​ ​happiness​ ​reflects​ ​positively​ ​on​ ​the​ ​employer's​ ​bottom​ ​line.​ ​Essentially,​ ​happiness equals​ ​better​ ​profits.​ ​“Fostering​ ​happy​ ​employees​ ​is​ ​the​ ​single​ ​greatest​ ​transformation​ ​a company​ ​can​ ​undergo​ ​to​ ​retain​ ​talent,​ ​improve​ ​its​ ​competitive​ ​position,​ ​and​ ​increase​ ​its​ ​top​ ​line revenue​ ​(Greenberg​ ​&​ ​Avigdor,​ ​2009).”​ ​Fig​ ​technologies​ ​goal​ ​in​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​low​ ​stress,​ ​positive, and​ ​profitable​ ​work​ ​environment​ ​ ​can​ ​be​ ​achieved​ ​by​ ​proving​ ​their​ ​employees​ ​with​ ​flexible scheduling​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​subsidized​ ​on​ ​site​ ​childcare​ ​facilities. FIG​ ​TECHNOLOGIES:​ ​WORK-LIFE​ ​BALANCE ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​6 References Bell,​ ​M.​ ​P.​ ​(2017).​ ​Diversity​ ​in​ ​organizations.​ ​Boston,​ ​MA:​ ​Cengage​ ​Learning. Greenberg,​ ​C.,​ ​&​ ​Avigdor,​ ​B.​ ​S.​ ​(2009).​ ​What​ ​happy​ ​working​ ​mothers​ ​know:​ ​how​ ​new​ ​findings in​ ​positive​ ​psychology​ ​can​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​a​ ​healthy​ ​and​ ​happy​ ​work/life​ ​balance.​ ​Hoboken,​ ​NJ: John​ ​Wiley​ ​&​ ​Sons. ...
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