Finding balance in our lives has proven to be one of the biggest challenges we face. In this ridiculously fast-paced world where the whole point of your existence is to trample ahead or get out of the way, juggling work and our private lives is anything but easy. That is why it’s paramount for employers to take care of their staff and do all in their power to encourage them not to let work take over everything else. Here are 6 simple ways to inspire work-life balance.
1. Flexible Work Hours
Of course that having flexible work hours or “flextime” is something that can be of immense help to your employees. Allowing people who work for you to leave earlier one day and then compensate it by staying longer throughout the week or month gives leeway for your employees to have more freedom and not feel constantly stressed.
2. Family-Friendly Working Environment
This is a lifesaver for all the parents in your company, as it helps them not to constantly worry about their children and babysitters and focus on work. If at all possible, organize an onsite childcare space with competent staff, where your employees can bring their little ones and leave them assured that they’re being taken care of. If the budget or circumstances don’t allow for this option, then be flexible with the parents of young children, let them leave from work earlier when they need to or do what you think is best to help them.
3. Working from Home
Coming to the office does set you in the mood to get to work, but it can get tedious and less than fulfilling quite quickly. Giving your employees a chance to work from home once or twice a week is a great way to inspire them to put an effort in maintaining their work-life balance. Trust the people that work with you and you will be surprised at just how productive they can be while working from home, plus, they’ve got time to look after their children, cook a healthy meal, exercise and basically have a life outside of work.
4. Have a “Safe Space”
Burnout is a constant problem with people who work long hours and when your employees are exhausted, they won’t get much done. It would be a wise investment to create a “safe space” in your office, a room reserved for relaxation, full of light, comfy furniture and plants. At any point, your employees can go there and just unwind in silence for a while, without phones buzzing and deadlines hanging over their heads.
5. Do Things Together
You don’t have to be best friends with your employees, but it is important to get to know them. Team building and just going out with your staff does wonders for the morale and it’s a great opportunity to get closely acquainted with people who are holding your business together. There are so many fun things that you could do all you have to do is pick one, gather your team and go for it.
6. Ask Them What They Want
Employees are usually shy in expressing what they would want to improve in their working environment, but their input is essential. You want to encourage them to speak their mind, say what they need and then see what can be done about it. If you want to have employees who do their job well and are happy about it, then you need to listen to what they have to say. – Theresa Brawner
Theresa Brawner is a 28-year-old fitness instructor from Boston, MA, who writes articles for www.diet.st. in her free time. When she isn’t helping new moms get back in shape, you can find her in the kitchen, working on new recipes.