The ORSE is proposing to provide senior managers of major international corporations in France and Europe with a tool for both internal and external communication, reflecting their commitment to work/life balance policies within their organisations.
Work/life balance does not only apply to women. Male employees who wish to be more involved in their family life are also facing resistance in their companies.
Senior management commitment to work/private life balance policies is thus taking on a crucial role. Senior managers can thus act as role models, with their lives and personal experience offering possible reference points for decisions concerning the work/life balance of their employees.
Key objectives of the initiative include:
- Presenting senior management personal work/life balance as role model for employees who wish to reconcile work and their private lives;
- Building a new male identity for fathers who want to involve in caring for their children without giving up professional ambitions;
- Promoting the role of companies in introducing work/life balance strategies by changing work organization and company culture
The objectives above will be acomplished by gathering relevant data (through the interviews with 20 decision-makers of major corporations in Europe) and sharing the results.
Remaining challenges include the following:
- Identifying companies in different European countries representative for their work/life balance policies;
- Obtaining the agreement on behalf of decision-makers of these companies with regard to testifying on their personal work/life balance;
- Identifying the best means of promoting these interviews at European level in order to create a favorable frame of mind among European managers and male employees with respect to promoting male parenting in companies.
A book gathering 10 interviews of decision makers in France will be released in March 2010 (on the occasion of the Women's Day).
The press release and a report sumarizing the book's main take aways are available at this link.