WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JAN. 16, 2015
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How to Write a Work-Life Balance Project Proposal

Supervisors and managers have grown more interested in how their employees are coping when balancing their professional and personal lives. It enables them to adjust their goals according to the needs of their employees; therefore, if asked by your manager to write a work-life balance proposal, keep in mind practical details that make it easy to have your project implemented at your workplace. The following are essential elements that you should include in your proposal:

Do Your Research

As an initial step towards compiling your proposal, you need to document evidence for the claims you hope to make for the purposes of citation. For instance, if you want to talk about the adverse negative effects of overworking or the benefits of a work-life balance, you should be able to back your findings with facts and figures. Research lends your proposal credibility and your supervisor will commend your effort.

Give a Brief Introduction

Do not assume that your reader understands what your proposal concerns. Provide a definition for the concept of work-life balance and highlight what your proposal seeks to address; this lets your reader know what to expect. It also lets them know what your understanding of work-life balance is; therefore personalizing your interpretation. You could request, as part of your introduction, to conduct a feasibility study in order to give your proposal more depth.

Highlight the Benefits of a Work-Life Balance

Come up with a realistic way in which work and life can coexist peacefully. Talk about the importance of having a job for the purposes of income, but emphasis that self-development and rest is an essential component in one’s life in order to avoid stress, anxiety or depression. List the benefits of a work-life program in the office environment such as reduced absenteeism, high levels of productivity, and always incorporate examples to add weight to your statements. 

Keep it Simple

Do not crowd your proposal with too much information that makes it tedious to read. To increase the odds of your proposal being selected by your supervisor for implementation, make it user-friendly by including diagrams where possible. For instance, you could have graphs represent the impact of overwork, pie-charts that divide work-life activities, such as work-play-sleep among many other elements that could be presented visually.

Leave Space for Feedback

Ensure you dedicate a space that enables your supervisor to leave comments and suggestions on the quality of your report. Feedback helps you know whether you are on the right track and gives you additional information that you might find necessary should your proposal be adapted for use. It also lets your manager know that you are considerate of everyone’s opinion on how best to approach work-life balance issues in the office.

Ensure that you format your document appropriately and check for spelling and grammar mistakes. Writing a work-life balance proposal could also be an exercise that gauges your time management skills. Being able to illustrate that you have interests and pursuits outside work makes you a relatable employee and gives you a unique personality. Writing good work-balance proposal shows that you are able to determine your responsibilities and distinguish between work requirements and personal obligations.

 

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