Work / life balance
More than ever before, we play many different roles in our lives.
We are workers, parents, spouses, friends, caregivers for elderly relatives and volunteers in our communities. With so many responsibilities, it can be hard to take the time to care for our own physical and mental well-being.
All people are affected by role overload, but research tells us that women feel these effects to a greater degree. While some men play a more active role at home, women still carry a larger share of responsibility for unpaid work such as chores or child and elder care.
Half of women in executive roles report they value flexibility over salary and would change jobs to achieve a better balance. Students and young graduates are also developing a strong desire for a flexible schedule.
At YWCA Metro Vancouver, we understand that the work/life conflict is a societal issue and requires a systemic response.
We encourage a broader acceptance of family-friendly workplace practices, and offer our expertise to organizations seeking to improve productivity, retention and the working environment.
We also advocate for smart family policies that address the imbalance in unpaid care, such as a universal system for early learning and child care, flexible working arrangements and parental leave reforms that encourage men to play a stronger role in the domestic sphere. As always, we continue to review policy recommendations to ensure they are inclusive of the diverse demographics we serve.
These resources will help you learn more about smart family policy:
- A New Deal for Families Fact Sheet, UBC Human Early Learning Partnership
- 15 by 15: A Comprehensive Policy Framework for Early Human Capital Investment in BC