American workers are struggling with work-life balance. Studies show that nearly 90 percent of employees believe that a lack of work-life balance is an issue, and more than 50 percent believe it is a serious problem.
There is a better way.
Maintaining balance between work and a fulfilling personal life is a major challenge for many workers today. What’s worse, mental and physical health are often neglected in pursuit of career success. Studies have linked overworking to increases in heart problems and other health issues.
Employers should be aware and promote a positive work-life balance for their employees. Workers that struggle to keep balance in their lives suffer at their jobs as well, with less workplace satisfaction and higher turnover rates. Understanding that “balance” comes in many different forms for different people is the first step in helping employees.
Balance isn’t always going to be 50/50. Sometimes you may need to work a 12-hour day, but someday you may be able to head home after six hours or get a haircut in the middle of the workday. Each day, month and week may be balanced differently; the key is to ensure that there is equilibrium over time. At the end of each quarter or year employees should be able to look back and feel that they’ve had fair tradeoffs between work and personal life to a degree that satisfies them and their employer.
Here are a few tips to promote this balance for your workers:
Offer Telecommuting Options
Telecommuting has become more common for employees, but there’s still a concern for many employers that their workers will consider it a day off. However, studies show workers who have the option to telecommute perform their day-to-day tasks better. Additionally, these employees have a better attitude and help create a better work environment.
For managers looking to offer telecommuting as an option for their employees, there are options to ensure employee engagement doesn’t drop. Messaging tools can keep employees connected to the office even when they’re working from home.
Foster an Inclusive Workplace
Workplace culture can help employees keep balance in their lives. Management that works to foster an atmosphere of inclusiveness among their workers helps improve the culture by spreading those values to the rest of the company.
Taking your employees out or buying lunch is a good way to show your appreciation for their work and fosters an inclusive and connected workplace, improving office culture. Offering activities for fun during the workday can also encourage camaraderie and a sense of belonging.
Studies show that workers who feel connected to their coworkers experience fewer health problems, are more productive and less likely to suffer from depression, which has a massive negative impact on work-life balance.
Praise Positive Performance
Positive reinforcement goes a long way in not only strengthening relationships between management and employees, but it will also have a positive impact on employees’ confidence and attitude. Happier workers facing less stress have better home lives as well, creating improved work-life balances.
Workers who have a positive workplace culture and fulfilling home life are more productive and likely to stay with their current employer. Additionally, the health benefits for employees experience from having a proper balance greatly improves their life expectancy. A happier, healthier workforce is achievable by offering benefits that promote a positive work-life balance.