Life is not all work. Your employees have lives outside the office with responsibilities to their families, and friends, as well as their own personal health. Events, appointments and other obligations are important, as well as time to just relax. Giving your employees the resources they need to balance everything that fits into their work and home lives is one of the main keys to workforce happiness and productivity. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top ten best ways to support good work-life balance within your company. Here’s what you need to know.
Ten ways to encourage work-life balance
You can help your workers achieve a healthy balance between work and home life with the following techniques:
- Encourage workday breaks. Don’t let your employees work through their breaks. Everyone needs to step away from their desk or workstation throughout the day—be it for lunch or just a quick walk around the building. It’s good for your employees’ health to take a short breather and it can also help them to decompress for just a few minutes.
- Encourage workers to use vacation time. The mind needs a chance to unwind—stress can build up over the long term, and time away can help your workers level out. Therefore, help your workers use their vacation time by building flexibility into your schedule. Everyone should have a backup who can handle certain tasks while they’re out of the office.
- Provide a “quiet room.” When an employee is having a bad day, it can help to have somewhere to blow off steam for a second. A break room with calming features—such as cushy seating, natural lighting, pleasing décor, plant life, TV, video games, ping pong, etc., can help your workers escape for just a moment.
- Permit flexible scheduling. If you have the ability to allow staff to work from home when they need to, this is a popular work-life option. But if you don’t, it can also help to let your workers vary their shifts. For example, to make up time early in the morning or after hours if they need to, or the ability to shift their schedules to work around out-of-the-office appointments or obligations.
- Don’t contact your staff after hours. Let them unplug after they leave for the day. No message is urgent enough to disrupt your workers when they’re home with family and friends. Everything can wait until the next day.
- Provide on-site childcare services. Finding babysitting services can be stressful for your workers with children. An on-site childcare service can be a lifesaver as a full-time option, or as a convenient alternative.
- Offer a workout option. Exercise is a great stress reliever and can help an employee on edge let off a little steam during the workday. Many offices have on-site facilities where staff can work out before or after work, or on breaks. You might also consider reimbursing your staff for off-site gym memberships.
- Have company outings. The opportunity to do something fun with co-workers can be a great break from the usual work schedule. Even if you can’t take off for a few hours during the day, you can always offer outings or picnics on a Saturday afternoon for those who can attend.
- Practice what you preach. Your employees will follow your lead—so be sure to follow all the rules you set for them in terms of work-life balance.
- Ask your staff what they need. To offer the most appropriate resources, ask your staff where they experience shortcomings with their work-life balance. Then, take steps to support them in achieving the balance they need.
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