Work-Family Balance (toolkit)

Teaches supervisors to support Work-Life Balance …

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Work-Family Balance training consists of 130 screens and is part of a toolkit * used successfully to teach supervisors to balance family needs with workplace productivity in ways that have improved commitment to the organization and employee self-reported health.  To learn more about the training, select the FSST_Training Tool (in the downloads tab), or from a PowerPoint presentation developed by Dr. Leslie Hammer describing the Work-Family Balance intervention.  The training you can license here is the only part of the toolkit that requires a cost.  The rest of the toolkit* is free.

* Toolkit: 1) Behavior-tracking that reinforced the training principles, 2) team-based planning and problem-solving that utilizes a modified version of Work Family Directions’  Team Effectiveness Process, 3) Follow-up sessions, 4) computer-based training available here.

Evidence base: This computer-based training given to 39 supervisors improved knowledge from 74% to 92% at the post-test, a large effect size (d) of 1.23 **, and they rated the training as “good.”  The intervention (1 hr of self-paced computer-based training, 1 hr of face-to-face group training, and instructions for behavioral self-monitoring to record their frequency of supportive behaviors on supplied cards to facilitate on-the-job transfer) was applied to the randomly selected supervisors and then the effects were examined by survey in a random sample of in a  239 grocery workers (available at follow-up) in a company in the Midwest US.  The effects revealed positive impacts on self-reported physical health and job satisfaction of the intervention in workers with high family-to-work conflict.  Learn more about the research study by reading a summary and description of the Work-Family Balance Intervention toolkit and by reading the original research article (the journal charges for this download), named one of 2011’s 6 best science articles on Work-Family Relationships by the Purdue Center for Families, Rosabeth Moss Kanter award.

** Effect size (d) is a measure of the size or magnitude of a change.  A review of hundreds of studies categorize d = 0.25 to 0.49 as small; 0.50 to 0.79 as medium; and 0.80 and above as large (Cohen, 1988). Cohen J. Statistical power analysis for the behavioral sciences Lawrence Earlbaum Associates. Hillsdale, NJ. 1988:20-26.

Record of Results
Licensing provides an account, password option and secure server space where all results are saved in your organization’s space; results can be downloaded through our Data Reports tool (free).

Trainings (licensed ‘uses’) can begin at any time over a year from the initial date on the license.
• Once a training is begun there is no time limit on when it can be completed.
• Users can quit the training (press esc or close browser) and click the original link to return to the same place in the training if they use the exact same user name that they entered when starting training.

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