How Companies Can Help Employees Achieve Work-Life Balance

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.

Here are some of the things you can do to help with work life balance.

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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.

Education & Training.Happy Workers

As a manager or HR personnel, you should be providing the training and educational resources your team needs to understand the importance of work-life balance and the steps that can be taken to help achieve it.
Employees need to fully get the available resources (mental health support, for example) and benefits (flex time, vacation time, etc.) provided for their work-life balance; managers need training on identifying signs of overstressed employees and then providing assistance. Seminars and lunch and learns are both wonderful training processes.

Flexible Scheduling.

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.

Workplace Wellness for Work-Life Balance

Work life balance isn’t always easy to achieve but it’s possible. Encourage employees to take good care of themselves and their families. This allows them to focus on the job at hand while they’re at work.
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