Last week I read a few new articles on work-life balance that brought to mind a mantra I have about organizational change.
In the battle between well-intentioned policies and the unwritten rules of any workplace, unwritten rules win every time.
From the Sloan Center on Aging and Work came this Fact of the Week: Few Employers Provide Training on Workplace Flexibility. Specifically only 21% of employers train managers, and only 17% train workers.
In The Wall Street Journal, a recent article called "Penalized for Balancing Work and Family" highlighted a new study showing once again that even in companies that offer worklife fit programs and policies, employees don't feel comfortable using them. Why? The workplace culture -- the unwritten rules -- discourage it.
Too often, when organizations push out any big change, they start and end with policies and dictates. Then leaders wonder why people won't "do what we say" when of course, as every parent knows, they will do what you do not what you say.
Trying to make change? You have to get culture on your side to win.
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