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Work Life Balance Day Events
1st March 2005.
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Contact Info: People for a Shorter Workweek USA Watkins, Jeanette Email: [email protected]  
Company Description: We are a resource for people who want to shorten their workweek. Information includes a list of web sites and an up-to-date book list with books on leisure time, simplicity, work/life balance, vacationing and MORE!
Event Information: Here in the US, we celebrate Take Back Your Time day on October 24; however, I love your Work Life Balance day, and I will let everyone know about this at Take Back Your Time. For more information about Take Back Your Time, visit www.timeday.org.
Contact Info: Applied Materials Ireland Ltd       
Company Description: Manufacturing of Semiconductor Equipment
Event Information: We sent a friendly reminder to all employees reminding them to recognise that work life balance is personal to each individual. We reminded employees to take responsibility for their own work life balance,and to take care of their wellbeing. We also provided the employees with a schedule of four upcoming seminars titled 'Strategies For Managing The Challenges of Life'. These seminars are running in-house throughout the months of March and April. They are provided by Catherine McGeachy, Vision Consultants, who is a highly experienced and educated consultant in this field. This exercise complimented our new in-house Wellness initiatives which have been very successful to-date.
Contact Info: Eagle Star Life Assurance Company of Ireland Limited      Tel: 1
Mail Address: Eagle Star House Frascati Road Blackrock Co. Dublin 
Company Description: Eagle Star Life is firmly established as one of Ireland's most successful life insurance companies, offering a full range of pension, investment and protection products. The company is also a market leader in providing policyholder information online. Service standards are very important to Eagle Star. Over the years, we have won a number of industry service awards, including the Professional Insurance Brokers Association Service Award of Excellence for 2003 and 2004, and the Irish Brokers Association Service Excellence Award, 2004, for the tenth time. Eagle Star's investment team, based in Blackrock, Co. Dublin, is responsible for funds under management of Euro 4.5 billion, of which pension assets amount to Euro 2.4 billion (as at 31st December 2004). Eagle Star has a strong commitment to good corporate citizenship, in all its aspects and is a founder member of Business in the Community Ireland (BITC). View the company's Corporate Responsibility report on-line. Eagle Star is a member of Zurich Financial Services Group, an insurance-based financial services provider with an international network. Founded in 1872, Zurich is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. It has offices in more than 50 countries and employs approximately 62,000 people
Event Information: To promote Work Life Balance Day we ran a raffle for two sets of four Grandstand tickets to the St. Patrick's Festival Parade on Thursday 17th March.
Company Description: Design and Manufacturer of Medical Devices.
Event Information: This year in MedNova we have organised a really exciting program of events. We have invited a number of speakers to give a talk on their specialised area: - Nutrition - Personal Training and Fitness - Stress Management. We have also organised an occupational nurse to come in and carry out blood pressure checks for those interested. Additionally, we have ordered in fruit baskets and fruit smoothies for all staff on the day to promote healthy eating. Finally we have arranged to shut the plant 2 hours early on the day to allow staff some free time for themselves! We are really looking forward to the day and we hope to have the same and more for Work Life Balance Day 2006!
Contact Info: Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly Dunphy, Vincent Email: [email protected] Tel: 51
Mail Address: Assembly House O'Connell Street Waterford City  
Company Description: The Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly is an organisation of 15 people with our headquarters in Waterford City. Our main function is in managing the Southern & Esatern Regional Operational Programme under the National Development Plan 2000 - 2006
Event Information: The Assembly is committed to a positive work life balance policy. We operate a range of measures designed to achieve this. Staff are availing of work share, term time & flexi time arrangements. We also encourage e-working & staff members avail of this option on occasion. To mark Work Life Balance day staff are being allowed to leave work early at 3.00pm
Contact Info: Health Services Executive,Northern Area McKeever, Vourneen Email: [email protected] Tel: 1
Mail Address: HSE Northern Area Family Friendly Project 3rd Floor, Park House NCR Dublin 7
Company Description: HSE Northern Area (formerly Northern Area Health Board) provides health and personal social services to a population of approx 500,000 in North Dublin city and county. Employs approx 5000 people across all disciplines.
Event Information: HSE Northern Area has recently set up a Family Friendly Project to promote a greater work/life balance culture within the organisation. To mark Work/Life Balance Day, the unit has posted details of its activities on the company intranet.
Contact Info: Boston Scientific Galway Boyle, Louise    
Mail Address: Ballybrit Business Park Galway   
Company Description: Medical device manufacturer
Event Information: Competition for weekend breaks, cinema tickets A number of outside organisations coming in to promote healthy lives e.g. GROW, Croi, Infant Nutrition etc.
Contact Info: Musgrave SuperValu Centra Harley, Linda Email: [email protected] Tel: 21
Mail Address: Tramore Road Cork   
Company Description: Musgrave SuperValu Centra (MSVC) is the retail franchise division of the Musgrave Group and services over 550 independently owned supermarkets and convenience stores in the Republic and Northern Ireland.
Event Information: We will be marking National Work Life Balance day by promoting healthy eating in our restaurant, we will also be having healthy food tastings during the day. We will have information sessions with our employees highlighting the family friendly policies and working arrangements available in the company. We will be promoting work life balance initiatives, including our Well Being at Work Programme and we have also secured additional corporate gym memberships with a number of leisure centres in the munster area. We are going to use the day to get further suggestions from our employees on additional work life balance arrangements we can introduce to the company.
Contact Info: Louth County Council Murphy, Brian Email: [email protected] Tel: 42
Mail Address: County Hall Millennium Centre Dundalk Co Louth 
Company Description: Local Authority with 380 employees
Event Information: On Work Life Balance Day all staff will be reminded, through the intranet or by letter, of the extensive benefits and policies which exist in the Council to help get the balance right. We have organised a Staff Benefits Awareness Day whereby external service providers e.g. financial bodies and health clubs, will be available all day in County Hall to provide advice and information to employees. The 'Workplace Partnership' Staff Well-Being Stand will be officially launched in the canteen which will display information on health, diet, social and the general well-being of people at work. In conjunction with this a survey to assess staff needs in relation to healthy eating options will be carried out on the day. All employees who complete the survey will be entered into a draw with vouchers for a family lunch and beauty/relaxation treatments.
Contact Info: South Dublin County Council English, Des Email: [email protected] Tel: 1
Mail Address: Human Resources  County Hall Tallaght Dublin 24
Company Description: Local Authority covering south west Dublin, including the following areas Tallaght,Clondalkin, Templeogue, Saggart, Rathcoole, Lucan
Event Information: Some of the activities planned for the day include Indian Head Massage Talks about Stress- Stress Management Chingung Meditation Nutrition Talks & Nutrition & Diet Advice Health Screening-Checking Blood Pressure etc In addition we are promoting all the Family Friendly Policies and initiatives that we operate on a year round basis.
Contact Info: Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment Gallagher, Philip Email: [email protected] Tel: 1
Mail Address: Work Options Unit, Personnel Section, Department of Enterprise, Trad Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Company Description: Civil Service Department
Event Information: We will be distributing information booklets to all staff in the Department on the range of Work Life Balance initiatives that are currently available for staff members. We will also be issuing an email to all staff outlining the recent amendments to Maternity/Adoptive Leave, the introduction of 8 weeks Term Time Leave for 2005 and the increase in the numbers of staff availing of Teleworking in the Department. We will also be reminding staff of the Role of the Work Options Unit in Personnel in providing information and assistance to staff members on the range of Work Life Balance initiatives that are currently available and the relevant application process.
Contact Info: Garda Siochana Complaints Board       
Company Description: The Garda Siochana Complaints Board (GSCB) provides a system of investigation and adjudication of complaints made by the public about the conduct of members of the Garda Siochana.
Event Information: The GSCB is displaying the Work Life Balance poster in its staff canteen. It has also distributed copies of a leaflet on work life balance to all staff in conjunction with an e-mail informing staff of Work Life Balance Day on 1 March and listing the reasons which might necessitate work life balance working arrangements.
Contact Info: Stryker Orthopaedics Moroney, Helena Email: [email protected] Tel: 21
Mail Address: IDA Business Park Carrigtohill Co. Cork  
Company Description: Medical devices
Event Information: Indian Head Massage sessions
Company Description: The National Learning Network
Event Information: Launching an awareness process on work-life-balance within the organisation. This will involve circulation of a brochure summarizing the various w-l-b initiatives available. Also circulating a detailed guideline to all staff on the various initiatives available here.
Contact Info: Creative Labs       
Mail Address: Ballycoolin Business Park Blanchardstown Dublin 15  
Company Description: Creative Labs is one of the world’s leading provider of Personal Digital Entertainment solutions for PCs. Their product offering ranges from the Blaster family of audio cards, as well as multimedia upgrade kits, speakers, portable audio players and video communications products. Creative Labs (Ireland) Limited opened in 1994, and later moved to the European Operations and Technical Services Centre (EOTC) in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, in 1995. The company employs approximately 350 people at the EOTC, where they customise and assemble products and provide post-sales technical assistance to European countries.

The Dublin site is part of a global organisation. Creative Technology is the parent company of Creative Labs (Ireland) Limited and is located in Singapore. There are operations in the Asia Pacific region, and in the United States, as well as a number of Local Sales offices across Europe, and a European headquarters based near Reading in the UK. Globally we employ over 5000+ people.

Event Information: To acknowledge Work Life Balance, Creative will run competitions throughout all of our European Offices from Monday 28th to Friday 4th March. Each day HR will send an email outlining the Advantages and Benefits that Creative offer to facilitate a Healthy Work/ Life Balance. Included in the emails we will run competitions and quizzes based on Work/Life Balance Ethos within Creative.

Employees will be encouraged to bring in photos of their family, the most innovative of which will receive a prize. A member of our Creative Camera Club will judge this.

Prizes will include Bicycles, DVDs, Family Lunch Vouchers etc

In addition to this a guest speaker has been invited to come on site each day of the week. Presentations will cover topics such as family life, leading a healthy life styles etc. Each of European Offices will also arrange guest Speakers to deliver presentations appropriate to their employee needs. The Dublin timetable of events is as follows:

Monday 28th

Nicorette will advise and provide useful tips to assist Employees to cease or cut down on smoking.

Tuesday 1st

Presentations on Parenting. Being a parent must be one of the most challenging and exhilarating roles in our lives. The Parenting Presentation will introduce ten ideas to assist parents in developing an effective relationship with their children. There will be a presentation for parents of children between the ages of 0-5 years and a separate presentation for children 8-12 years.

We are also encouraging employees to bake cakes etc with members of their Family. We will have a cake sale on Tuesday, the proceeds of which will go our Benevolent Fund.

Wednesday 2nd

Healthy Eating Presentations. A Weight Watchers Team Leader will be on-site to provide advice and alternative healthy meal options. On this day we will also encourage low calories healthy options in the Canteen.

Thursday 3rd

Budget and Money Matters Presentation. A representative from MABS will advise individuals on how to draw up a budget to pay routine bills. Also to provide a plan to address all arrears in a way, which is practical and manageable. The aim is to assist a person to regain control of their own finances and in turn avoid the consequences of debt.

Friday 4th

On Friday 4th March we are inviting employee's family members to visit the workplace of their mother/ father/ partner etc. A drawing will be sent to all of the European offices on Monday 28th so that children can bring the completed picture with them on Friday 4th. Food will be provided for visitors as well as a party pack for Children and a Creative Gift for Adults.

On this day we will also offer baking lessons to the children of Creative Employees. Classes will be held for 2-6 year olds and 6-12 year olds.

Contact Info: Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources Lowen, Susan Email: [email protected] Tel: 1
Mail Address: Human Resources Division 29-31 Adelaide Road Dublin 2  
Company Description: Government Department
Event Information: Human Resources Division will host a Work-Life Balance drop-in centre on 1st Mar 05 where staff can obtain information on the work-life balance policies in operation in the Department. HR personnel will be in attendance to answer queries staff may have on the schemes and/or how to avail of them.
Contact Info: Central Remedial Clinic       
Company Description: The Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) is a national organisation at the leading edge of service delivery to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Event Information: To celebrate Work Life Balance Day we are hosting an information stand listing the existing work / family friendly policies already in place in CRC - a summary of these are posted on our Intranet Site. There will be a 'suggestion box' on site for staff, volunteers and clients to post new ideas and suggestions. We will also be holding a "Guess Who" Photo Competition with 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.
Contact Info: Dublin Bus    Email: [email protected] Tel: 1
Company Description: Dublin Bus
Event Information: Circulation of Report on WLB Survey carried out in 2004. Commencement of new WLB initiative - Work Sharing for Bus Drivers. Launch of WLB Guidelines for Managers & Supervisors;
Contact Info: Age Action Ireland Ltd Dorgan, Lorraine Email: [email protected] Tel: 1
Mail Address: [email protected]    
Company Description: NGO working to improve the quality of life of all older people.
Event Information: We are establishing a working group to look in more detail at the work life balance.
Contact Info: Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development - NI Boyce, Lavinia Email: [email protected]  
Company Description: The Committee of the Northern Ireland Branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is organising an all day event to up date members and delegates on the progress of Work-Life Balance in Northern Ireland.
Event Information: On Tuesday 8 March 2005 at Queen's University Belfast, the NI Branch of the CIPD - Balance Life and Work Seminar is focusing on the Employer of First Choice by attracting talented staff through Work-Life Balance. The main speaker is Professor David Clutterbuck author of Managing Work Life Balance A guide for HR in achieving organisational and individual change. The Seminar will be of interest to, and benefit for, all line and HR Managers and all those within organisations and companies seeking to develop their People. It is hoped to have a few case studies for example companies which have successfully completed the Employer of Choice Programme. Examples of some of the primary, secondary and tertiary strategies that companies have successfully adopted in order to achieve a better work-life balance will be provided. The Policy Advisers on Diversity and Employee Relations from CIPD Headquarters will speak on their specialisms in relation to family friendly policies and an Employment Law update will be included..