Work has a significant part in our lives, our working ensures there is food on the table, the lights stay on, we put clothes on our backs, take holidays and able to put money away for that rainy day.
It is not always easy to achieve a work-life balance in today’s unpredictable, fast paced business world. As we grow through technology and social media it is becoming more difficult to separate work and personal life. In some cases, it is common to receive business calls while at the dinner table, work on either our laptops or smart phones on weekends, or when spending time with the family. How has this become acceptable?
THE IMMPORTANCE OF WORK-LIFE BALANCE
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is not only important to your health and relationships, but it can also improve yours or your employee’s productivity, and ultimately performance. In other words, if your employees do not see work as a chore, then they will work harder, make less mistakes and are more engaged.
Businesses who encourage work-life balance are becoming more attractive as the place to work, in particular with retaining or attracting new younger workers, it is also important to keep your existing employees happy, along with managing retention rates and ensuring you have a high level of in-house talent.
FEWER HEALTH PROBLEMS
When you are stressed and over worked, we run the risk of jeopardising more than our social life, our physical and mental health are in danger too.
When we are overworked, tired, and stressed our health will suffer, this can be from a flu to more serious health conditions like stroke and respiratory problems.
By encouraging your employees to look after themselves and find balance you will significantly limit health problems and absenteeism.
Helping your employees find the perfect balance between work and home will increase their engagement level, this will have a positive effect not only on your business but on the employees.
We all get stressed from time to time. It is unavoidable. However, workplace burnout is avoidable, and employers should make efforts to ensure this doesn’t happen to their employees. Burnouts occur when we feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. The negative effect of burnouts can affect all aspects of our lives.
The inability to separate work from home will increase the chance of burnout, it is important to encourage your employees to take time off and “leave work at work.”
When we find and maintain a healthy work-life balance, we develop a greater control over our focus and ability to concentrate on the task at hand. By encouraging the employees to have a healthy work-life balance means they are more dedicated to the task at hand, and this will also improve retention rates, productivity and profit.
TIPS TO IMPROVE WORK-LFE BALANCE
Encourage time off:
Vacations are not a luxury, they are necessary, time for employees to switch off and enjoy themselves, a great opportunity for them to recuperate and recharge.
Short breaks throughout the day:
Encourage your employees to take time away from screens, or what they are doing so when they return, they will be refocused on the task at hand.
Ask employees for guidance:
If you find employees are struggling, talk to them and ask what can be done to help, consider having regular meetings with them and ask for feedback.
Practice what you preach:
Finally, it is important to lead by example, if you tell employees to take leave, then you must also take leave, not work on weekends by sending them emails and this will be sending a mixed message and they will feel obliged to reply. Employees may feel they are supposed to mirror your working hours, lead by example, and witness how your work practices will permeate throughout the business.
Most of us spend a lot of time at work, its important we don’t allow it to take over and we switch off to give our minds a break, this is essential to find the right balance and implement in the workplace.