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How To Help Employees In Improving Their Work-Life Balance

In today’s competitive and hectic scenario most employees are striving for work life balance. Modern employees demand greater control over their lives and a bigger say in the structure of their jobs.  Balanced employees tend to feel more motivated and less stressed out at work, which thereby increases company productivity and reduces the number of conflicts among coworkers and management. So how can an as organization you can help employees to achieve better work/life balance without sacrificing productivity and without busting the budget?

1.Focusing on outcomes, not hours worked.

 The common notion of productivity is the ability to churn out a lot of work in a short span of time. High productivity doesn’t necessarily come from fix or 8-hour segments. Productive employees may get their work done efficiently, and not need to be at the worksite full office hours every day.

2. Allow only limited carry over of paid time off (PTO) into another calendar year

Many organizations have adopted a paid time off (PTO) program that grants employees a specified number of paid leave days that employees may use for any purpose. If the goal of paid time off is to encourage employees to do just that – take time off – paying employees for the time is counter productive. Even if employees want to contribute the value of their paid time off to a coworker or to help someone who has used his or her time up for valid reasons, these actions do not encourage the work balance and rejuvenation employees need.

3. Focusing on the image and culture that leaders projects in front of employees.

If the leaders are promoting the idea of work-life balance, employees will be more encouraged to do the same and be less fearful that the culture will not support it. The actions of leaders are heard and observed by employees. When a senior manager calls in for unimportant meetings while out-of-the-office, employees get the message. It affects their personal choices for work and life balance.

4. Review your work culture and Work Requirement

It is must for organizations to practice productive work culture and identify actual work requirement. Does the culture promote overwork? Are there manageable workloads? Are there reasonable expectations? By identifying and working on these reasons you can set an example of good work culture and help your employees in work life balance.

5.Sponsor Team Building activities  and  family events for employees

Encourage team building, friendships among employees, and an inclusion of families in work events. Organizations should aware with the reality that forced team-building methods are disgusting for many employees, who might find them artificial, embarrassing, and a waste of time. Team-building activities should bolster the work employees complete together, or provide a genuine opportunity to relax and unwind.

6. Educate your employees about work/life balance.

While simple, just the act of providing information about work/life balance to employees can foster a better culture. Organizations can also help employees master new tech by supporting training and workshops. This idea can result in employees taking better care to ensure this balance exists.

7. Unleash creativity and promote employee hobby clubs.

If you find you will get many good singers, photographers, sports persons and creative people in your office.  When you encourage employees they will love to share their interest in various outside-of-work activities. Sports and social clubs help build employee engagement and motivation. Provide the space, email lists, and occasional financial support to promote hobbies of your employees at work.

8. Getting input from employees

Who better to consult about what employees in your office truly need than the employees themselves! Pay attention to the signs of inadequate work/life balance to see if more adjustments are needed.  If you get a sense that your employees are struggling with work-life balance, ask them what changes around the workplace might help. Also, Watch for stress and burnout.


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