In today’s non-stop work environment and as we continue to work from home, it’s easy for work-life balance to favor the work side of things. With our devices giving employers and co-workers the ability to contact us any time, it can be hard to turn off work when we’re away from the office.
The traditional 9 to 5 workday just doesn’t work for everyone anymore, and with today’s technology, it doesn’t have to. There are lots of options that can give employees more freedom in their schedules.
- Telecommuting can be just as effective as a day at the office as long as you have the tools to get things done. Having employees work from home saves them commuting time and has been shown to boost productivity and morale. A lot of companies found that employees are more productive while working from home during CoVid19.
- Even if you’d prefer your employees to be in the office, allow them to have flexible work hours. For example, an employee could work 10 hours on Tuesday but 6 hours on Thursday. A flexible schedule allows employees to take care of life’s necessities that aren’t directly work-related by creating a work-life balance that works best for them.
- Be understanding when family commitments are involved. If your employee needs to leave to pick up their child or asks off to attend to a family member, work with them to make it happen. Happy home lives make for more joyful, more productive employees.
Encourage Employees to Use Their Vacation Days
Often employees don’t take all of their annual paid leave for fear of work piling up. Self-restricting time off from work may be well-intentioned, but this is not healthy or sustainable. If you notice this is a trend at your company or with specific employees, talk to your employees and encourage them to take some time off. Explore their feelings about being away from the office and work with them to delegate responsibilities to others while taking some much-needed time away.
Promote a Healthy Balance
Make your employees’ health a priority. You can show your staff the importance of taking time for themselves by incorporating health-focused seminars, fitness challenges, and active online team-building exercises, such as a company yoga class. If your company stocks the break room with snacks and beverages, be sure to offer a variety of fresh, nutritious options like fruits, veggies, juices, and protein bars.
Some of the most successful companies in the world understand the importance of prioritizing creativity and innovation in the workplace. At Google, employees are offered a 20% program, allowing developers to spend 20% of their time on creative side projects. Leaving room in your team’s workload for creative thinking will ultimately lead to higher employee happiness levels and give them the space to discover ideas that might’ve been overlooked if every second of their time is already scheduled.
Remember Your Role
As a leader, you must make sure that your employees are satisfied with their work-life balance.
- Have an open-door policy. Let your employees know that you are always there to help if they are unhappy or need advice. Listen intently and try to be as open and understanding as possible to build trust with your team.
- Check-in with your employees. Keep an eye out for people who show signs of burnout, and talk to those who seem to be working too hard. Let them know that you care about their overall wellbeing and that it’s okay to take breaks sometimes.
- Keep yourself in check. As is the case with many aspects of leadership, you must lead by example. Set communication boundaries. Focus on your health. Take time away from the office to recharge and rejuvenate. Make sure you’re as balanced as you want your employees to be.