Each year, the Milken Institute Global Conference brings together the brightest visionaries and thought leaders across business, finance, government, academia, philanthropy, law, science and the news media. The Milken Global Conference provides fertile ground for fresh thinking – for new ideas, new frontiers, new definitions.
As this year’s visionaries gathered in the conference hallways, I had the good fortune and privilege to moderate a panel on “Recruiting and Retaining Talent through Work-Life Programs.” After all, the term “work-life balance” has long held a universally understood definition among HR executives and talent cultivators. Or, has it?
When my fellow panelists from Bombardier Inc., Roll Global Inc., Safeway, and Saint John’s Health Center began to unravel this so-called universal work-life balance definition, we discovered that it isn’t at all “universal.” In fact, the concept of “work-life” is changing every day, every hour – and means something different to every employee. The idea that “work” and “life” play two completely separate roles in a person’s world – and, with any luck, can co-exist – no longer hold water. “Work” and “life” inevitably creep together. So what is the key? It’s about “work” and “life” operating together – to keep employees happy, balanced, motivated, and engaged. It’s also about “work” and “life” being smoothly integrated for employees.
As HR executives continue to evolve approaches, it’s worth sharing a few observations from these savvy panelists:
While there are more steps to take in the area of “work-life” integration programs – and new approaches to be discovered – discussions like this panel are a major leap in that direction. We’ll be forever evolving work-life integration as our “work” and “life” worlds change. Inspired by the insightful experts and discussions at the Milken Institute Global Conference – I’m confident we’re on a progressive track.
For more on this topic, you can watch a video of the “Recruiting and Retaining Talent through Work-Life Programs” panel discussion or learn more about the 2011 Milken Institute Global Conference by visiting the conference website.Previous PostNext Post