A Balance of Work and Family Promotes Safety on the Job

December 17, 2012 - New research suggests that a healthy work-family balance results in fewer workplace injuries, according to the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center. Work-family stress can cause higher absenteeism rates, lower job performance, and higher job and family stress, surveys reveal. Those employees who experience less work-family stress are more likely to work safely on the jobIn an article for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Total Worker Health Program, the ORHWC suggests employers help workers achieve better work-family balance by:

  • Training supervisors to be more supportive of work and family.
  • Giving workers more conrol over work hours.
  • Creating a resource guide for employees and their families.
  • Being a role model by taking time off for family to who employees this should be a priority for them, too.
  • Encouraging and supporting flexible schedules.

"There is increasing evidence that the work environment and the overall well-being of the workers within it are strongly connected, and many employers are offering family-friendly benefits and programs for their employees,” said Dr. John Howard, NIOSH Director.

To read more, visit: NIOSH: Promote work-family balance to reduce workplace injuries.

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