Germany’s largest union is threatening to strike if their demands for a better work–life balance for employees aren't met. The group, IG Metall, asked last year for shorter working hours and a 6 percent raise for their 3.9 million members. But not every worker is a member of such a powerful union. Unfortunately for them, their well-being is in the hands of a few business leaders. However, with new research and an increased focus on a healthy work–life balance, employees are feeling less burned out—and employers are reaping the benefits of a reinvigorated workforce. Initiatives to promote well-being in the workplace can include anything from flexible working hours to mental health support to rewards for outstanding performance; but to be effective, these programs need to be part of the company’s culture and bought into by senior leadership. “Senior leaders have to buy into any initiative, otherwise it will fail. They’re going to set the tone for the culture of the whole organization,” says Rachel Suff, employment relations adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Wellness Programs Require Leadership Buy-In