5 Ways to Encourage Work-Life Balance While Still Getting Results
11 June 2019 - Posted by Charlene Ngwenya
What differentiates exceptional organisations from the rest? Every organisation has a vibe; a noticeable feeling from the moment you enter, i.e., The Culture. The Leaders of these organisations have exercised intentionality in transforming work into a compelling experience. As a Leader, it is important that you provide employees with a healthy work-life balance while ensuring that the company continues to meet its strategic goals.
While most organisations continue to search for ways to survive today’s complex business world, many increasingly neglect their most valuable aspect, their Human Capital. Below are 5 ways you can reference when learning how to create a thriving environment by providing employees with a work-life balance:
- Ask Employees to Offer Suggestions - The best way of uncovering what could be done to improve your employees' work-life balance is by asking them! Approaching employees from as early as onboarding is critical in the crafting of informed sand realistic strategies. An added benefit for consulting employees is that you will also display key qualities of a transformational Leader who values the employees’ ideas and suggestion, thereby boosting morale.
- Encourage Open Communication - Open lines of communication create a healthy work culture and show employees that their views are important to their Leader. In addition to showing employees that they are valuable, it allows you, as a Leader, to recognise when adjustments might need to be made to promote work-life balance.
- Model Work-Life Balance as a Leader - Leaders should lead by example! As a Leader bent on creating an environment fit for thriving, you have the unique opportunity to exemplify the importance of a work-life balance by making sure that boundaries between your work life and personal life are well articulated in full view of your subordinates.
- Provide Flexible Working Options for Employees - In order to decrease stress and boost levels of job satisfaction for your employees, it is critical that you create a flexible work environment. This can be achieved through the creation of relaxed work spaces, the provision of flex-time, or work from home days. Shifting employee needs can be attributed to Millennials fast making up the majority of the workforce and the evolving nature of work. Millennials are projected to take up 75% of the workforce by 2025. In order to appeal to the broad mix of generations, Leaders need to create flexible options that allow for individuals to select work-balance options that work best for them.
- Avoid Unnecessary Communication with Employees Outside of Work - Depending on the nature of your industry, where possible, companies should refrain from calling, e-mailing or texting employees outside of work hours. Frequent contacting outside of work hours can lead to employees being stressed or resentful of the company; thereby contributing to employee burn-out. Burn-out has negative repercussions for both employee and employer such as fatigue, mood swings and an overall decrease in work performance. Company culture feeds directly into this cycle and can spread rapidly throughout the entire workforce.