Argentina is one of the largest economies in South America. In recent years, the government has focused in promoting economic development along with social inclusion with the support of the World Bank.
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If you’re with your family, you’re with your family “I’m often irritable at home because my work is exhausting.” “My family complains that I don’t pay enough attention to them because I’m always ... Show More +working.” “I make sure that my partner/children/family does not feel neglected, even when I have a lot of work.”These are some of the responses to a survey of the Hacé el click hoy campaign launched by the Argentine Advertising Council. The campaign seeks to raise awareness on striking a balance between work and personal life and on the importance of family ties.“It’s paradoxical because you work for the well-being of your loved ones, but they see our worst side because we are tired from working,” says Debeljuh, who provided advice for the campaign. “Balancing work and personal life is as much an ethical question as it is a question of productivity,” says Rigolini. “Certain conditions permit adapting to workers’ needs and improving their performance and commitment.”Thus, together with the personal changes workers may make, many companies are deciding to make work days more flexible and to provide conditions that favor balancing office hours with family life.The role of companies“I work twice a week from home, which means savings in time and money (I don’t spend money on eating lunch out, I don’t pay transportation costs and the company reimburses my internet expenses) and I avoid the physical fatigue of traveling to the office,” says Victoria, who applauds the flexibility policies of her company, a multinational consulting agency with offices throughout Latin America.Debeljuh proposes introducing the concept of “family corporate responsibility,” where companies recognize employees’ families as interest groups. “When companies hire a technician, analyst or manager, they have to understand that they are hiring a person who has a family,” she says.“Companies are now taking a more comprehensive view of individuals,” says Virginia Meneghello, one of director in the campaign and Organizational Culture Manager of Telecom, a telecommunications company.For example, “policies should create a place for men’s new roles, such as rethinking the length of paternity leave.” However, for Meneghello, “the work-personal life balance is not only associated with time, but also with other initiatives, for example, with facilitating economic services for employees.”Although many Latin American companies have begun to recognize the advantages of having motivated workers, for experts like Debeljuh, “the state should provide support through legislation because many employers are not sensitive to their employees’ reality.”According to Rigolini, “the state plays a key role in ensuring and promoting workers’ rights.” He stresses the need for campaigns to raise awareness on workers’ rights and why they are important. “Employers should not view things like 12-hour work days as normal,” he says.Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, several companies have successfully proved their theories about reducing work hours. Since 2008, the Iberdrola Company has implemented a six-hour and 15-minute work day, with a 45-minute window for arrival and departure times. According to company management, among other benefits, the firm has increased productivity and gained more than 500,000 work hours annually by reducing absenteeism by 20% and work accidents by 15%. Show Less -