We understand the importance of maintaining a positive and healthy balance between personal, work and family life. We also recognize that both the employee and the workplace contribute to a positive work experience. As a result, we offer a wide range of resources, information and assistance to employees so that they can maintain that healthy balance.
The programs and policies found in this section help promote a healthy and well-balanced workplace for the employees at the Town of Oakville. Work/life balance and healthy tips can be found at the following sites:
We support employee work/life balance and encourage flexibility in work arrangements and scheduled hours of work when possible.
Implementing schedule and location flexibility can be beneficial for managers and employees. It can improve work/life balance for staff, provide greater flexibility for departments and lead to a greener commute.
Work/life balance is highly personal and can mean different things to different people at different stages of their lives.
Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA) options:
Employees interested in a FWA should discuss their particular needs with their manager. Arrangements have to make sense from an operational and customer service perspective. They also must adhere to all collective agreements. Not all positions or employees are suited to a FWA.
The following are FWA tools and forms that you should review when thinking about a FWA. Employees can also find these forms on Portico where they can electronically complete and save the forms.
We are committed to providing a work environment that is free of personal harassment and workplace conflict and supportive of the productivity, dignity and self-esteem of every employee.
Employees are encouraged to speak with their supervisor or Human Resources if they have a concern so that we can determine the appropriate next steps.
After speaking with their supervisor or Human Resources, if an employee would like to proceed with filing a formal complaint you can complete and submit a Respectful Conduct Reporting Form (pdf).
The town is committed to providing residents, employees and visitors an environment that is respectful and supportive.
Everyone needs to work together to promote respect and responsibility, improving the safety, appearance and environment of our community. The town's R-Zone procedure outlines how to ensure our facilities and services are positive and respectful.
Helping employees obtain quality childcare or eldercare is an important part of the town's overall goal of providing staff with the opportunity to balance work and life.
Quality childcare is an important part of your well-being at work. Finding the right solution for your childcare needs starts with knowing where to look for guidance and what to look for in a childcare arrangement. Halton Region provides many helpful childcare services, including a registry of current vacancies and subsidies for which you could be eligible.
Halton Region also provides a number of services for seniors and older adults, including housing programs, day programs and long-term care. You will find many resources that can assist you in finding the right care for your loved one.
The town's employee assistance provider Morneau Shepell also has valuable resources and tools and can help with finding appropriate childcare and eldercare.
The town is committed to the health and well-being of its employees and their families and understands that we all face problems at some time in our lives. Usually we can cope with these problems or solve them ourselves, but sometimes problems become too difficult for us to manage on our own. We may need assistance, advice or someone who will listen.
To assist employees and their families, we provide free, confidential 24/7 access to our Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP) through Morneau Shepell. Morneau Shepell provides direct access to experienced professionals who can help you solve all kinds of problems and challenges in your life - before they affect your health, family life or job performance.
You can get help to:
Our wellness program encourages and promotes wellness for all employees and their families. Throughout the year, the town provides a variety of wellness activities, events and information sessions that encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.
Activities have included:
If you have an idea for a wellness activity, please contact the town's Health, Safety and Wellness consultant at firstname.lastname@example.org.