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Need to have relevant policies

by Peter Smith,

I am in a position to write and enforce policy at work. We have policies that govern when overtime can be worked, and also that allow more flexible working arrangements. We also have a culture that respects work/life balance and the importance of family - it is not a perfect organization but it is pretty good. We don't expect people to work 24/7.

I don't think it is possible to regulate every part of work-life. Federal and provincial legislation already deals with overtime, flex hours, standby pay and reporting pay, as well as scheduling and shift requirements. These laws still apply regardless of whether people are working on paper, in the office, at home or on their devices.

We also learned from COVID that we do need to be able to contact our employees 24/7, to keep them updated with any situations at work and to ensure that they know that they are supported and what we are doing to help keep them safe.

My thoughts: I don't think there is a one-size-fits-all solution here. General guidance and legislation already exist to set expectations about work-life balance, so instead of adding more rules and regs, use the tools already in place.

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