In 2013, IMFFA decided to tackle the issue of stress at work because of its impact on our families. The majority of you know how difficult it is to arrive in a new country, with or without children. You have to organize a new life without the help of a spouse who often comes back home late, is in mission or is overwhelmed by his work. Solitude and conflicts ensue and challenge the couple.
We created the Work Life Balance Committee and developed a three fold strategy to raise awareness within the IMF and facilitate a discussion.
First, in 2013-2014, we invited speakers to come to the IMF to speak about topics linked to stress and well being. We organized four events, one of them in cooperation with HSEC (Health, Safety and Environmental Committee) and one with HRD. We counted 850 attendees in total.
Second, we organized a Work Life Balance Week in May 2015 with HSEC in order to give a large positive visibility to the issue and show our common concern. Free massages, leisure gifts, a magician were among the treats. We encouraged people to contact loved ones. We gave information about well being opportunities, created a quiz on the Intranet with some of the IMF Stress Survey results.
Now we are in our last phase to encourage a corporate culture change within the IMF. This is the most challenging part as it needs the backup from the top management and a willingness to change from the middle management.
We have already run a serie of seven interviews on WLB at IMF on the Intranet. The one we did with Charles Kramer was the second highest Intranet article in 2016, read by more than 1500 employees and receiving nearly 100 comments. All our articles had a minimum rating of 4.4, a huge success.
Our new interviews’ serie focuses on medical prevention and life changing health experiences. The work has already begun. We are encouraging you to speak about health with your loved ones. If you, your spouse or somebody you know at the IMF would be willing to speak with us about this subject don’t hesitate to contact us. We welcome all your contributions. We are looking forward to your feedback and suggestions. Without our members our organization is an empty shell so please, share.