Striking a balance between the office and our personal lives has always been bit of a juggling act. This isn’t simply about what’s trending, work-life balance is essential for employee wellbeing, nurturing mental and physical health and creating happier offices.
Here are 3 ways to make sure your employees have a good work-life balance.
1. BE FLEXIBLE WITH WORK ARRANGEMENTS
Your employees may have a variety of responsibilities on top of their full-time jobs. Finding an even balance can be a little overwhelming for some. Why not set a weekly requirement for hours worked, then let your colleagues arrange their lives around it?
According to studies at MIT, a work-life balance determined by the employee, not the employer, can lead to tremendous benefits for workplace happiness and improved mental health.
Working from home also has a positive effect on workflow. Based on research, productivity increases by 13% when employees are allowed to work from home. It also develops a sense of trust!
2. SET BOUNDARIES FOR WORKING HOURS
For some employees, knowing when to stop can be difficult. Unsure of whether or not they appear dedicated enough, they risk staying at their desk for longer just to make a good impression.
This isn’t good for their health, and it’s up to the office leader to set clear boundaries between working hours and non-working hours. Do this by simply letting your employees know they’re not expected to respond to any emails past a certain time.
Another way to make work-life boundaries clear is leading by example. Don’t want your employees at their desk past 5.30pm? Then pack up and go as soon as the clock strikes.
3. ENCOURAGE VACATIONS
Studies by the U.S. Travel Association show that employees that do make the most of vacations are 6.5% more likely to receive a raise or a promotion. Why? Well, in order for our brains to remain engaged they need to take a break.
So, a healthy work-life balance not only has countless benefits for your employees but for the entire business. Don’t fret if your team looks relaxed, it probably means they’re working better!