Provide staff with more flexibility:
Flexible working hours, part-time work, alternate working hours and even working from home, have been shown to considerably increase job satisfaction, productivity and lead to higher motivation.
Offering more flexible work arrangements to employees can also lead to reduced staff turnover, increased staff retention and can cut absenteeism.
Support employees with technology:
Employers can support a better work-life balance for employees by providing appropriate technology to aid with day-to-day tasks.
By choosing the right technology tools, staff can become more organized and productive. Collaborative tools can also help staff feel less overwhelmed.
Whilst technology does help staff stay up-to-date on everything, no matter where they are, it can make it difficult to leave work at the office. In a 24/7, always-on era, it can become tempting to constantly check what’s happening with work.
In fact, according to research by The Australia Institute, Australians donate $110 billion to their employers every year, simply through unpaid overtime. It’s therefore important to encourage employees to leave work at the office and switch off in the evenings. You could even set boundaries around times when emails should not be sent.
Encourage staff to take their annual leave:
According to a study by Expedia, many Australian’s find themselves not taking all their annual leave. However, annual leave can provide many benefits to both individuals and businesses. It allows staff to switch off, de-stress and come back to the office feeling more motivated and productive.
Encourage staff to take their annual leave and work with them to find ways that will allow them to fully switch off.
Support family time:
Understanding employee family commitments is an essential piece of the work-life balance puzzle.
Making your employees aware of local childcare facilities or being flexible when employees need to leave the office a little earlier to collect their children from school or child care, can go a long way towards improving relations and performance in the workplace.
Not only can it help to increase employee retention, it can also boost your company’s reputation as a respected employer.
Help staff look after their work-life balance:
Ensuring staff have time to exercise and eat well are important components of work-life balance. Ensure there are healthy options in the work canteen or provide free bowls of fruit in the office. If staff does not have time to exercise after a long day at work, why not bring the exercise to them?
You could run yoga classes during lunch breaks, or introduce a “cycle to work” scheme, similar to what they have in the UK. Not only will employees’ physical and mental well-being benefit, they’ll also have higher energy levels and less stress.
Leave your door open:
Every employee is different and will deal with their work-life balance in different ways. It is therefore important that employees feel they can communicate their needs to you.
Set time aside to talk to employees, to discuss what can be done to help ease or change the situation and bring their work-life balance to a better place.
By implementing these work-life balance strategies, employees’ physical and mental well-being, as well as overall health can improve. It can also boost their performance at work, by helping people relax, re-energize and improve staff morale.
Whilst creating a better work-life balance may not always be easy, it is important to do your part as a business. Without your support, employees can become stressed and unproductive, which can lead to a negative impact on the overall performance of your business.