For many professionals, work-life balance is increasingly essential in their eyes. As a result, employees and candidates favor companies that can help them maintain it, causing work-life balance to impact both retention and recruitment.
Often, employers have ample opportunities to promote work-life balance at their companies. Here’s a look at nine ways organizations can get started.
1. Paid Time Off
Typically, offering a generous amount of paid time off is the simplest way to promote work-life balance. It gives employees the ability to take breaks from their job to handle a range of needs or responsibilities, all without having to sacrifice their paychecks.
2. Flexible Schedules
When employees have flexible schedules, they can adjust when they work to make their personal life more manageable. Whether it’s fitting in a medical appointment or attending a child’s school function, they can remain productive by working earlier or later than usual since their schedule is flexible.
3. Remote Work
The ability to work remotely allows employees to handle their professional responsibilities from anywhere with a suitable internet connection. As a result, they can care for sick children, travel to handle emergencies, or otherwise shift where they work without having to take leave.
4. Formal Boundaries
Many professionals have trouble leaving work at work since they’re highly reachable during their off hours. By having formal boundaries that limit after-hours contact, their personal time is their own, leading to improved work-life balance.
5. Prioritization Assistance
Outlining expectations and helping employees prioritize their work can lead to better work-life balance. It lets workers know what tasks can wait until the next day, reducing the odds of unnecessary overtime. Plus, it provides peace of mind that waiting is okay, which keeps stress levels down.
6. Access to Coaches
Offering employees access to a range of coaches – including career, financial, wellness, and others – can help them get guidance when they’re facing challenges. As a result, personal hardships can feel more manageable, which makes a difference.
7. Supportive Culture
Creating a workplace where asking for help is encouraged instead of chastised boosts morale and leads to a sense of comradery where others pitch in to support overburdened employees. The approach also lets workers know they have places to turn if they’re overwhelmed. As a result, overtime becomes less necessary while productivity also remains high.
8. Don’t Encourage Overworking
Ensuring your company doesn’t glorify working extra hours is essential. If employees believe that the only way to meet expectations is to sacrifice their personal lives, it can create a toxic culture. Plus, it typically leads to higher turnover. As a result, it’s critical to ensure that managers encourage employees to leave at the end of their shifts whenever doing so is possible.
9. Smart Hiring
When a team becomes overburdened, work-life balance typically suffers. Overtime hours make work-life balance harder to achieve. As a result, bringing in extra employees – either permanently or temporarily – can ensure your employees aren’t overwhelmed.
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