What are high-caliber workers looking for in a job? Besides salary, many are also in search of a company that provides for good work-life balance as part of the company culture. Let’s face it: many of us are trying to accomplish a lot in our lives. Between a busy work schedule, family, friends, appointments, hobbies, household responsibilities, etc., we’re stretched quite thin. An attractive company culture can be just what you need to attract the attention of top talent; you’ll want to allow for flexibility and maintain reasonable workloads. Here’s what you can do.
Offer flexible work hours
Job dependent, you may be able to give your employees various options for flexing their work schedule around their outside obligations. These could include:
- Shifting start and end times — either on a regular or as-needed basis.
- Allowing “compressed” work weeks — for example, by working four 10-hour days, rather than five eight-hour days.
- Offering telecommuting — full time, a few days per week or on an as-needed basis.
As allowed by your industry, you’ll want to structure your employees’ shifts around the needs of your customers and the needs of your business. And then you’ll need to set up a convenient, organized way to manage your workers’ flexible schedules.
Another way to protect work-life balance in your company is through managing your employees’ workloads — so no employee gets overworked/has to work extended hours to get work done, etc. Here’s how:
- Check in with your employees regularly. You should have team and one-on-one meetings on a regular basis to make sure your staff have a workload they can handle.
- Offer support. If you find employees are overworked, you can re-distribute workloads or hire temporary, supplemental staff to help you get through busy times.
- Encourage regular breaks and time off. Daily 10-minute breaks let your employees rest and rejuvenate during their shift. And vacation time is important for relaxation — which can help your workers temper stress and avoid job burnout.
Start small with cultural changes
Trying to make too many changes at once can be stressful to your current staff, creating a negative environment when new staff enter your workplace. And this can be a turn-off for the top talent you’re hoping to bring on board. So when you make changes to your corporate culture — for work-life balance or anything else — start with one change at a time.
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