Supervisors play a key role in developing and maintaining a work culture which supports and assists staff to manage their work life balance issues. Supervisors are responsible for facilitating work life balance options, while ensuring that operational requirements continue to be met. Supervisor responsibilities include:
- Encourage open communication with staff so they feel they can approach you on work-life balance matters. Conversations about work-life balance could occur as part of the Performance and Development process.
- Where a staff member contacts you to discuss their balance needs, encourage them to find out about balance options (through this website and related links, by talking to colleagues and by contacting Staff Services)
- offer suggestions about how their balance needs can be accommodated
- ensure that operational requirements are able to be met
- consult with others within the work unit about how work can be reorganised and reallocated to accommodate flexible work arrangements
- Ensure that workplans, including objectives and performance expectations, are adjusted to reflect hours being worked.
- Encourage regular communication to the staff member to review the staff members work performance against the work plan and the balance arrangements and address any concerns that may arise.
- Ensure that staff on leave maintain contact with the workplace.
- Ensure that part-time staff, staff on reduced hours, or staff on leave have access to the same staff development, training and career opportunities as other staff.