5 Ways Employers Should Promote Work-Life Balance

 

A large part of keeping qualified employees and ensuring that they put forth their best effort is to foster an environment with a healthy work and life balance. A healthy balance gives an employee more control over their actions and life in general, leading to better cooperation, less stress, and more motivation. Employees will stay with companies where they feel valued, reducing turnover costs and keeping workers happy. Here are five ways employers can promote a stable work-life balance.

 

Company gatherings

 

Employers can create an opportunity for their employees to get to know each other outside of the work environment by arranging get-togethers. A company picnic or outing allows everyone to interact in a less-structured environment. Have a park day, do a company lunch, or have a potluck style meal where everyone can bring a dish.

 

Childcare

 

Childcare is a struggle for many parents, especially with young children who aren’t in school. Children get sick, and schools frequently have holidays that don’t always match up with work days off. An on-site facility can ease stress levels when someone’s in a pinch to find a sitter. You can also consider subsidizing some part of your employee’s childcare costs as an incentive.

 

Promote scheduling flexibility

 

Offer flexibility in scheduling if possible. Allow employees to work from home if possible for a day when they are under the weather, or to accommodate a family emergency. If that’s not feasible, offer an option to come in during a different shift or on the weekend to make up for missed time.

 

Create a time off policy

 

Establish a time off policy for sickness, vacation, or personal days. There are times when someone needs a day to get something important done, rest, or fulfill a commitment that falls during work hours. Offer a set amount of paid time, and be flexible in offering unpaid time off for longer time periods or emergencies.

 

Encourage short breaks

 

Allow employees to take breaks throughout the day. Let them sit for 10-15 minutes if they’re on their feet all day, or give them time to get away from the screen and rest their eyes. Frequent breaks reduce burnout and make employees more focused and productive throughout the day.

 

Treat your employees with respect and value by showing them that you appreciate them. Institute policies that promote a healthy balance of life whether your employees are at home or the workplace.

 

By: Eileen O'Shanassy

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Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy