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Work-life balance, corporate welfare gets into the picture

Research Work-life balance, corporate welfare gets into the picture The first two phases of the health emergency introduced the formula of working from home with advantages and disadvantages. How can work and relationships be reconciled in the times of Covid-19? From phase 1 to phase 2 of the pandemic, a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University Centre for Family Studies and Research investigated the data emerging from 446 participants in the study. For 71.3% of these parents, the decisions taken by the Government took little (or no) account of the different needs of families, providing support suitable for different situations, and 68.7% believe that the decisions taken by the Government did not help families find a balance. After the first emergency phase in phase 2, and despite the resumption of activities, the organisational management of families with minor children and/or caregivers was problematic and was added to the threat to their health and economic uncertainty. In those companies that have activated psychological and income support initiatives, insurance coverage, parent and caregiver support initiatives, workers have reported higher levels of performance and job satisfaction, identification with the company and lower levels of stress. "Several companies are already carrying out welfare initiatives for reconciliation: for example, teachers who provide online support to the children of the employees; call centres who help those with dependent family members to take advantage of tax relief, to find nurses and carers" ‒ said Claudia Manzi , research project coordinator. This working method has been welcomed by the majority of the interviewees: more than 1 worker out of 2 reports to be very or very happy about working from home, a win-win solution, perceived as advantageous for both parties, workers and companies.

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