Balancing the responsibilities of work and home is an ongoing battle for most employees who are busier than ever and trying to coordinate work and personal schedules can be a struggle. Employees will respect an employer that allows more flexibility in dealing with the everyday demands of life. An organization that supports a healthy work-life balance can benefit not only the employee, but the employer as well.
Many professionals identify work-life balance as a top contributor to their job satisfaction. Supporting employees in their efforts to achieve this balance will help to boost productivity and loyalty. Allowing more flexible work schedules can result in employees that are more engaged and motivated. This allows employees more time to address personal life matters outside of work so they are not preoccupied during work.
Work-life balance helps reduce staff turnover
Achieving a work-life balance for employees can also help reduce turnover. According to a recent survey by Hay Group, 17 percent of employees in organizations that support work-life balance plan to leave their jobs within the next 2 years, compared with 27 percent of employees in organizations where work-life balance is not supported. The survey also found that supporting a work-life balance also increases the employer’s ability to recruit top talent and there is greater satisfaction with compensation.
Mangers can use the following tips to help achieve a work-life balance that will result in a more productive and efficient staff:
- Be flexible. If practical, allow alternative work arrangements such as modified schedules or job sharing.
- Offer paid time off (PTO) in lieu of sick days and vacation. Let the employee decide why, how and when they want to use their paid days off. Also, only allow limited carry-over of PTO to encourage employees to actually use it.
- Reduce employees’ need to commute. Can an employee’s job be performed just as well at home? If so, allow them the option to do so.
- Be a model for the balance. If a manager is responding to email while on vacation it sends a message to the employee that they’re expected to do the same.
- Avoid contacting employees outside of work hours. Respect their personal time and only reach out to them if it’s crucial.
- Encourage employees to seek help when they feel overwhelmed. Bring in outside help if necessary.
Reach out to your employees and Identify ways that can help them achieve the balance of work and life. If you need additional help with employee matters or tips for creating policies in your business, contact BCN Services at 1-800 891-9911 or visit us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Cline, HR Generalist