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Employer Encouraged Work-Life Balance

Everyone seems to talk about work-life balance, and we all say we want it – but as employers how can we show our employees that we actually value balance in THEIR life?

Happy employees are the best employees. They stay at their job, they do better work, and they gladly take on tasks. Therefore it makes senses that promoting work-life balance within your employee team makes for happier employees. So how do you go about endorsing it?

Consistent expectations and structure within your office provides your team a reliable environment. Of course things change from time-to-time and urgent needs arise, but an organization with a reliable culture keeps anxiety at bay; the first step toward happier employees.

Now, lead by example. Are you at your desk late into the evening? Are you modeling a healthy balance between your work and free time? It’s one thing to spout valuing personal time, but often employees feel they can’t leave the office at 5:00 or 6:00 p.m. because “the boss” is peering at them from behind the desk as they walk out!

Create a culture that values vacation. If your company offers paid vacation, holiday, or personal time – encourage your team to use it. Make sure your employees understand the parameters around requesting time off and the preferred vacation season (if any) within your company. Then, be accommodating – both with time and job coverage. Remind employees if their vacation time accumulates or expires.

If you have the budget, company outings such as corporate-paid lunches, happy hours, team-building seminars, or celebrations foster a culture of team bonding and give your employees the feeling of camaraderie and belonging. Feeling part of the team boosts morale and engagement, making your employees happier and more willing to put extra effort into their work.

Many companies have embraced flex-time, flex-schedule, or work from home options. If these are possibilities for your type of business, and won’t compromise productivity, clearly they are great ways to promote work-life balance.

Generally, balance doesn’t have to mean more or extended time away from the office, but creating the culture of a positive work environment where job anxiety and frustration is not spilling over into life outside the office. Knowing they have the support of their employer to take a vacation, a sick day, or to telecommute from time to time gives employees a sense of worth, and the knowledge that their employer respects their time, both in the office and out!