On 15 March 2010, the Australian Government congratulated the winners of, and participants in, the 2009–10 National Work–Life Balance Awards.
According to a media release from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations:
“The Awards…. recognise family friendly practices like flexible working hours, options for working from home, paid parental leave, job sharing, onsite carer’s facilities and study assistance.”
“No direct OHS performance indicators were included in the judging criteria for the 2009-10 National Work-LIfe Balance Awards.”
“research shows that there is a correlation between work-life balance and health and well being.”
Integration of Awards Processes
A major challenge for the integration of the safety awards and wellness awards could be that the assessment criteria is not compatible. For instance, one of Western Australia’s safety awards criteria asks:
“Has there been a demonstrated improvement in OSH in the workplace as a result of the solution?
“Provide claims or injury/incident data and any other OSH reporting as evidence”.
“Provide examples of how your initiatives have improved the business, retention and/or productivity of your workplace.”