Work-life balance is becoming an increasingly important concept for workers, and employers should be aware of how this can impact their business’s productivity and retention rates. Workplace trends are changing, and new generations are placing greater value on flexibility, social impact and working culture. If employers want to remain competitive by attracting and retaining top talent, it is a good idea to review their employment practices to meet the changing expectations of workers. Here’s what employers should know about supporting their employees in achieving a work-life balance and how this will benefit their business.12
How does employees’ work-life balance affect your business?
Employees with a poor work-life balance may feel overwhelmed, stressed or unhappy and this will impact the way they act and work. If they feel like they don’t have the time or energy to meet commitments in their personal lives they may develop low morale, and this could lead to poor productivity, conflict, mental health issues or resignation.
Happy employees are better for your business. A content workforce is more motivated, leading to greater productivity and profits while avoiding costly problems for your business. Employees who are unhappy and unwell can cost your business through lost productivity, money spent on employee accommodation and if an employee files a claim against you, through lawsuits.
If your workplace has a high turnover rate this may be an indication that it needs to overhaul its approach to employment. In order to ensure employees’ wellbeing and to prevent costs to the business, employers should facilitate a healthy work-life balance with the following best practices.
Best Practices for EmployersOffer flexibility and trust employees to complete their work.
If having remote workers makes sense for your business, this is a valuable option you can provide your employees. Working from home can help staff better balance home and work commitments. If they do their work well and on time from a remote location, there may not be a need for them to come in physically every day of the week.
Offering your employees flexible start and end times and allowing them to make up for hours missed due to personal reasons are other ways to accommodate employee’s needs. Everybody appreciates freedom, and demonstrating flexibility is a way to give employees a sense of balance in their work environment.
Support your employees’ well-being.
Stress caused by work can negatively affect a worker’s life. To avoid this, employers should promote stress and mental health awareness in their workplace. Offer your employees support programs, monitor staff workloads and divide work fairly among workers to prevent burnout.
Burnout can manifest through absenteeism, presenteeism or mood changes. Paying attention to your employees’ work patterns and behaviour can ensure you will be aware if any problems arise. To support your employees’ well-being, offer discounts to the local gym and have healthy food available in the office.
Set a good example by practicing healthy work habits.
Employers and managers set the tone for what is expected in the workplace. If managers are frequently staying late, skipping lunch break or answering calls and emails after hours, employees might feel pressure to do the same. To prevent employees’ work from following them home or taking away from their rest time, employers should lead by example. Taking vacations, rest breaks and not working outside of work hours are healthy work habits that facilitate a good work-life balance. Instead of working more, encourage employees to focus on being maximally productive during work hours.
Ensure employees are comfortable voicing any concerns.
If employees feel like they can approach management about burnout or mental health, these concerns can be resolved before they escalate into serious issues. It is in your interest as an employer to establish a work environment where workers feel comfortable addressing any work-related problems they are having. Such conversations can be a valuable source of feedback that can also help you generally improve your workplace.
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