​Step 1: Establish the need to implement / modify a Work‐Life Strategy

A work‐life strategy is a business strategy and should be viewed as part of an organisation's plan, hence the need for strong buy-in from the top management.

Organisations have implemented work‐life programmes for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Attract and/or retain talent
  • Raise morale
  • Increase productivity
  • Save on real estate and overhead expenses
  • Reduce healthcare costs
  • Provide work flexibility in response to changing employee needs
  • Increase commitment
  • Combat burnout
  • Be an Employer of Choice
  • Stay ahead of the competition

Once the need for implementing a work‐life strategy is established, organisations should set realistic targets and a timeframe to achieve these targets.