Of all the challenges employees face, work life balance is among the hardest.
With April being Work Life Enrichment Month and Stress Awareness Month, we found it fitting to address the subject and provide viable solutions for companies like yours to provide to employees hoping to stress less and breathe more.
Employees’ Work-Life Balance Out of Whack? Here’s How to Help
Lead by Example.
It’s one thing to tell your employees that you want them to achieve a good balance between professional and personal life. It’s another to actually lead by example and show employees that it’s okay to leave at 5 on the dot or leave the laptop at the office.
Being a little flexible with your employee’s schedule won’t affect you much, but it will make a world of difference to their work-life balance. Allowing your workers to come in late because they are dropping their child off at school or to work remotely to care for a sick elderly parent shows that you care about their personal obligations and trust that they will make up any time missed.
When you offer flexible scheduling or telecommuting, just be sure that you set realistic and clear expectations for your employees to complete their work and communicate.
Encourage Family Participation – and Vacations!
Show your employees that you genuinely care about giving them time to spend with their families by hosting on-site events and celebrations — like company picnics — that family members are invited to.
Better yet, make sure employees get time with their families outside of work by setting minimum vacation time rather than maximum. Yes, that’s right — tell your employees they have to take at least two weeks off. Two real weeks off, sans-laptop, sans-work phone.