office buildings, time clocks, familiesBalancing Work and Life: Training for Supervisors is a manual for a nine-hour training (ideally, three 3-hour sessions) that enhances supervisors’ ability and readiness to support their team members’ work/life balance, within the framework of their own workplace’s policies and culture.

The program is designed for trainers, HR specialists, and others. The manual is a step-by-step, turnkey resource that includes core principles, ice breakers, detailed instructions with timelines, checklists, scenarios, an evaluation form, and material for participants. 

The training manual, provided by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, focuses on a learning and development with peer support. Further…

The training is based on active learning and a solution-focused approach. The exercises use tasks and measures that have proven to be effective in the group work methods of the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH). They are based on several theories on human behaviour and understanding of how resources and personal motivation to change one’s ways of doing things can be positively reinforced.

Though an English version of the manual is published on the web, FIOH’s primary audience seems to be workplaces in Finland and other European countries, at one point in the, stating, “we recommend that those who want to lead the supervisor training attend FIOH’s trainer training. FIOH’s experts also arrange supervisor training groups.” That said, the program appears to have broad, diverse, scaleable applicability.