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How can employers help promote a stable work-life balance in the workplace?
5 July 2017
Here are Stafffinders’ ideas on how your company can encourage a work-life balance and improve its’ organisational success
In line with this weeks’ theme of work-life balance, we have put together some ideas on how employers can boost employee happiness by promoting a work-life balance.
Why should employers promote a healthy work-life balance?
Not only does promoting a work-life balance within the workplace have a positive impact on employees’ well-being, however, it can also lead to better employee performance, therefore, benefiting the organisation. Employers who encourage their employees to achieve a work-life balance can obtain the following benefits:
- Avoid burnout within the workplace. Establishing this balance prevents employees from feeling overwhelmed and it also reduces the level of work stress infiltrating into their home life.
- Increase productivity since creating a distinction between work and home means that employees will focus on their work and not on their home life when in the workplace.
- Decrease health problems as employees will feel less stressed and therefore absenteeism levels will decrease, leading to increased productivity.
Ideas to help employers promote a work-life balance
1. Exercise facilities
One of the best ways by which you can reduce stress levels is by engaging in physical exercise. Employers who provide onsite exercise facilities can benefit from reduced employee stress levels and decreased absenteeism as employees who exercise and eat well are less likely to become sick.
If your organisation doesn’t have onsite facilities, you can always offer a membership at a local gym at a discounted rate.
Alternatively, organising work events such as a charity run or initiating a work exercise club can also encourage employees to exercise and look after their health. Likewise, employers can suggest that staff should talk a walk during their lunch break and walk to a colleague’s desk to speak to them rather than just email them. Doing so will enable employees to get away from their work station and clear their minds which means they will return to work reinvigorated and focused.
2. Work schedule flexibility
Offering flexible working hours doesn’t mean that employees can come to work and go when they please. Rather, flexible working hours such as starting work earlier and leaving early, can help employees to achieve a work-life balance that works for them.
This benefit may be appreciated by parents in particular due to childcare purposes. For instance, happiness is associated with the ability to drop off and collect ones’ children at school or nursery without having to rely on others. An employee who is able to drop off their children at school in the morning may feel happier and more cheerful when arriving to work.
There is evidence to support the benefits that flexible working practices brings to organisations. The CIPD report in a survey that 72% of employers believe that flexible working hours had a positive impact on employee engagement whilst 73% believed that it had a positive impact on employee motivation.
3. Childcare benefits
Creating a family-friendly environment in the workplace has benefits for both employees and employers.
Employers who provide onsite childcare services, offer employees a discount for childcare and babysitting services or provide childcare vouchers can help their employees to achieve a healthy work-life balance. This is because employees’ who have childcare covered will feel less stressed about caring for their children. Moreover, many employees who work part-time instead of full-time as a result of caring for their children, may be able to work more hours if they can find reasonably priced childcare.
4. Time together
A way to boost employee morale and reduce employee stress levels is through engaging employees in team events. Activities in which you could involve your employees include:
- Team-building activities such as paintballing
- Company-paid lunch at a local restaurant
- Charity events such as a colour run or a sponsored walk
- An activity that takes place within the office such as a breakfast club. Here is a photo from Stafffinders’ latest pizza lunch:
Providing these opportunities enables employee engagement in a non-stressful situation. Employees who wouldn’t normally speak to one another can cultivate meaningful relationships which can lead to a stronger and happier team, therefore, improving organisational performance.
5. Encourage work breaks
Employers should encourage their staff to take breaks during the working day. Taking a quick 10 minute break allows employees to take themselves away from their work, clear their heads, relax for a while and return to work recharged and focused, leading to better productivity.
Likewise, increased productivity means that employees won’t need to stay behind late to finish their work. Rather, they can have more time at home, enabling them to achieve a work-life balance.
- Top management should model the work-life balance that they encourage their employees to achieve. If employees witness their managers living a healthy work-life balance, they will feel more encouraged to achieve this balance themselves and they will also feel less fearful in case management don’t support it.
- Similarly, management should foster a culture within the organisation that communicates to employees that it’s okay to take time off. Employees will value being able to attend school sports days, their relatives’ medical appointments and any other important event. A way in which organisations can implement such a system is by offering time off in lieu. In other words, employees will be awarded with time off rather than additional money for working extra hours.
If you feel that you’re employees may feel stressed or overwhelmed at work, then why not try out the above suggestions to boost employee morale?
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