Work life balance of employees is one of the main priorities at corporate organizations. Long meetings and late-night discussions, taking work home and weekend client calls are not a hallmark of passionate workaholics. These are, in fact, signs of being overworked, stressed and a weak balance between work and life. Work-life balance means balancing out the time allocated for one’s professional life and personal or social life.
Poor time management, multitasking between various projects, and even having to compensate for a co-worker’s inefficiency, leads to a skewed work-life balance. Employees who don’t have a work-life balance suffer from severe occupational stress, the inability to concentrate on their work, irritable temperament and physical health problems.
However, if you’re able to give your employees the right work-life balance, this benefits both your employees as well as your organization. Employees who are able to strike the right balance between work and social life are found to be highly productive and enthusiastic.
Let’s look at some ways by which you can help fix the work-life balance of employees before their frustration hits the ceiling.
This is one of the most vital components employees look forward to in a job. Your talented and dedicated workforce may not always be able to spend all 8 or 9 hours at the workplace as their social/family life, health conditions or just their working style wouldn’t permit them to do so. Providing employees with flexible schedules and part-time options enables them to focus on their work and have a balanced life.
Workout at the workplace
One of the main excuses given by people for not being able to stay fit is their work timings. Long working hours that include increased screen time leave employees feeling exhausted and unmotivated to exercise. A fitness center or exercise equipment in the office could help employees do their bit for staying fit in-between or after work. An alternative is to introduce short exercise routines in the office in which everyone could participate in during breaks.
Send them on vacay!
That’s right, your employees need a vacation too. Even if it’s just a weekend getaway, they need someplace to unwind and rejuvenate- mentally and physically. This can make them feel alive and motivated enough to want to get back to work. Encourage your employees to take a break and go on a holiday- solo or with their loved ones. They’ll also bring back interesting memories, experiences, and conversations for the others in the office to take inspiration from and participate in. The positive emotions generated by a single interesting weekend trip taken by someone are just plain infectious!
Drawing the line
Allow employees to set personal boundaries with respect to work. Also, respect these boundaries, unless it’s absolutely necessary for the organization. Employees don’t like having their personal time disrupted after they’ve wrapped up for the day. It disturbs their social life and also puts undue stress on them even after they’ve left the office.
Don’t wait for a major goof-up or meltdown to take place
An employee’s performance reveals that they may not be having the ideal work-life balance. You have a problem in hand if someone, who was formerly bright and efficient, starts making blunders or is unable to meet deadlines. Early signs of an employee’s burnout include missing work, having health issues or looking bogged down by work. Talk to them to check if anything is amiss- they probably just need some extra help to oversee a project.
It’s time to start paying attention to your employees’ work routines and help them reach their much needed work-life balance. Talk to your project managers and make them aware of the tell-tale signs of burnout and exhaustion. Help them see how work-life balance for employees can help increase productivity and quality of time spent during office hours on work. It also results in a long term approach for everyone, as against an environment of scrambling towards deadlines and firefighting. You need buy-in from all stakeholders of the organization so you can help set this culture in place. We know the entire organization is worried about, and crunching towards, deadlines on almost everything – but it’s your duty to try and bring in a well-deserved break for the hard-working employee before it’s too late!
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