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How to Write a Work-Life Balance Project Proposal

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In today’s working world, employees are challenged to balance their personal lives and the demands of their workplace. One way workers can take control of where, when and how they work is to write and submit a work-life balance project proposal to their supervisor or manager. The proposal requires practical details that show managers how employees will conduct a work-life balance program feasibility study and explain how their work will get done over the specified trial time period.

Conduct research. Look into the negative aspects of imbalance in an employee’s life and the benefits of work-life balance. Use these findings later in your proposal to back up your claim that a work-life balance program would benefit the company.

Begin your proposal with a brief introduction to the concept of a work-life balance program. Make a request to conduct a feasibility study.

Outline the need for, and possible benefits of a work-life balance program in your company. Give it a name that is simple and descriptive. Clearly summarize your goals, activities, schedule and associated costs.

Provide research findings. Show the benefits of dividing a day into thirds: work, play and sleep. Explain the negative impact of overwork, such as health issues, lethargy, absenteeism and reduced productivity.

List the benefits of a work-balance program. Show evidence that it will produce healthier and happier employees. Give specific results such as increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, longer stays at the company and the ability to attract the best candidates to the job.

Provide information about your educational background and industry experience. Explain how it qualifies you to conduct the feasibility study. Add other relevant information, such as your observations at work and the feedback you have received from other staff about their personal needs and stress in your workplace.

Create a timetable for the feasibility report. Give deadline dates for research, related correspondence reviews, interviews, and the writing, completion and delivery of drafts. List the time required on the job and the costs involved.

Leave space for management to comment and indicate their approval or rejection of the work-life balance program proposal.

Tip

When presenting your proposal, focus on offering it as a business strategy rather than outlining your personal needs. Only provide personal details that are necessary to the proposal.

About the Author

Carola Finch began freelancing for newspapers and magazines in 1976. She specializes in writing about people with disabilities, business, Christianity and social issues. Finch studied journalism and communications at Red River Community College.

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