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How Employers Can Help Their Workforce Manage a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Published: April 17, 2017

Considering the nature and designs of most jobs, that equate consistent efforts and stress, the idea of a work-life balance and efficiently managing your personal and professional lives is often considered an illusion.

Here’s an insight into how employers can play a significant role in helping their employees manage a healthy balance between their work and personal life.

Set Examples

The employers and managers can become a living example for the workforce and guide them on the ideal practices and standards of work. Since they are the actual leaders and mentors for their work teams and employees, the employees will look up to their work habits as a model behavior. The way the employer and the senior management work and perform their jobs reflect in the work habits of the employees.

Considering the top-level workload and stress, it might be quite hard for the organizational leaders maintain a work-life balance themselves. However, if they exhibit effective and efficient work designs and shows how to make optimal use of their regular work hours, the impact is likely to reflect in the work habits of the employees.

Offer Job Flexibility

The transition of the business world from physical to digital and cloud-based premise has made it convenient for the employers to allow a certain extent of flexibility in their job designs. Most organizations are now allowing their workforce to work from home or in flexible shifts as per their convenience. This leniency and flexibility in job roles allow the employees to manage their work, study and personal life in tandem.

Aside from offering flexible hours and remote working, another strategy to help your employees maintain a healthy work-life balance is by shifting your focus on the outcomes, rather than the hours worked by an employee. For instance, if an employee arrives at work, but also has an urgent personal chore lined up, you can allow them an early out, without a pay deduction, if they manage to complete work earlier than the usual 8 hours of work.

Encourage Breaks

This is especially observed in organizations with a thriving and competitive culture that some workaholic employees work in their break time for extra productivity. This is an unhealthy work habit and will only cause an increase in productivity on short-term basis.

The long-term consequences will cause an increase a gradual decline in the quality of work, burnout, and fatigue. Make sure that your employees consume their regular lunch and tea time break and discourage the habit of working in break times.

Encourage Vacations and Offer Leaves

Many employees employed in specialized roles or those who are responsible to look after a team or an essential task refrain from consuming their allocated leaves and vacations. Aside from that, many employees tend to preserve their casual and annual leaves until the end of the year so that they can consume it altogether or get it encashed it at the end of the year.

Such behavior often translates into chronic fatigue and stress, leading to burnout and a significant decline in performance and efficiency. It is indeed to a pleasing sight for the employers to see their employees dedicated to their work. However, it is also essential for your employees to take periodic breaks from work and plan a holiday or vacation, as per their allocated leaves.

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