Creating a workplace work-life balance culture.
How HR Managers can encourage work-life balance for employees.
Balancing work and personal life is a struggle that employees have been enduring for decades. While the drive to succeed and excel in our careers is increasing, so is our want to have time to concentrate on our health, mental wellbeing, relationships and families. As a result, more organisations are being positioned as workplaces that encourage a balance between work and play. This isn’t a case of latching on to what’s trendy or creating an appearance of being a modern place to work; it’s because there are multiple benefits for a business to enjoy from having a workforce that lives a balanced life.
What are the benefits of a work-life balance for the employer?
-Employees become more productive
-Employee retention increases
-Sick days decrease
-Employee burnout decreases
-A positive reputation attracts higher quality candidates
With this in mind, how can companies encourage employees to take on the work-life balance challenge?
There are a number of ways HR Managers can encourage employees to adopt a more balanced approach to the work-life issue. Making it an inherent part of the company culture is the one way to ensure that this is met. This means introducing a Wellbeing Programme that caters to the needs of your employees.
Employee Assistance Programme.
Mental Wellbeing is something has an impact on all aspects of our lives and it can be tested in all aspects as well. An effective Employee Assistance Programme is one way to help employees maintain and improve their mental wellbeing. An EAP that caters to a modern lifestyle is imperative in promoting an open attitude towards mental health at work. Providing access to various forms of mental health support and resources means that employees will be equipped with the amenities, tools and knowledge to work on an issue that may be affecting both their personal and professional lives.
Flexible working hours.
In a June 2018 Financial Times article it was revealed that 89% of people feel that their productivity would boost if they had flexible hours, and they aren’t incorrect. Studies have shown that employees who work flexible hours achieve more in their working week and take less sick days than their 9-5 counterparts. There are also other elements such as feeling trusted, employees feeling in control of their own time and not feeling pressurised that make employees happier, more productive and more likely to stay with the company long-term.
Life skills seminars.
It’s commonplace for employers to book seminars that will benefit employee’s work lives, but how about introducing regular seminars that benefit employees’ lives as a whole? Empowering your employees to take ownership of their personal wellbeing, from mental health to nutrition to sleep and beyond, can be done by providing regular seminars delivered by genuine professionals in each area. This will ultimately create a sense of wellbeing and improved morale among employees and when the learnings from the seminars are successfully implemented, it will begin having a positive impact on productivity, absenteeism and presenteeism.
What’s the first step?
There is no workplace wellbeing programme that works for every organisation. Our workplaces are made up of a unique mix of personalities and interests. This means you need to find out what works for your employees, and what works for companies like yours.