The report, 'Finding the balance: work life policies in practice', looks at how work/life balance polices can be implemented to enhance services.
The report says the working patterns staff want and need in order to maintain an appropriate balance between their paid work and the rest of their lives are increasingly diverse and changing quickly.
Issues covered include care responsibilities, opportunities to study, greater leisure time and preparing for retirement.
The guidance produced by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services aims to support individual local government employers, trade unions, managers and staff so they can work together to develop solutions to local issues.
It includes examples of innovative approaches from a wide range of employers in the public and private sectors.
Heather Wakefield, senior national officer at Unison, said: 'Cuts in funding and changing service patterns mean our members have seen the demands of work growing steadily in recent years.
'This guidance will help reposition authorities at the forefront of the family and staff-friendly agenda, in line with government aims.'