Maintaining a healthy work–life balance is always a challenge – these days more than ever. With technology making work accessible around the clock and fears of job loss on the rise, Indian millennials are spending an unhealthy amount of time working every week, 52 hours to be exact1. The expert opinion on this is clear: never-ending work hours compounded by health issues, financial stress, and lack of family time can lead to burnout very, very fast.
Employees thrive when they have a balanced approach to work. A recent study2 revealed that the aim to acquire new skills and have a work–life balance are the top two driving factors for employee satisfaction. Interestingly, getting a higher salary actually ranked lower than having a work–life balance on the employee satisfaction list.
From the organization’s perspective, in the short term, employees working overtime may boost productivity. But this is no recipe for long-term success. Stress, burnout, and health issues due to overworking can quickly deteriorate the employees’ overall happiness, making them disengaged and unproductive.
Although a healthy work–life balance can mean different things to different people, here are three ways your organization can ensure that their employees find the balance between work and their personal life.
- Assess Your Company Culture
Partner with your employees to gradually bring in a culture of maintaining a work–life balance. Google, for instance, has been known to have the best work–life balance culture. Their work culture is built on a foundation of trust – which allows their employees to have flexible work hours and work from home options along with several other perks. Even if these options may not be feasible for all roles, managers should ensure that their team members finish their work within the allotted work hours and not encourage overtime work.
- Follow a Top-down Approach
Simply instructing your employees on maintaining work–life balance is not enough. Practice what you preach! When employees see the top management maintaining a healthy work–life balance, they will follow suit.
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- Use HR Initiatives to Support Your Goal
Your HR initiatives should back your culture of healthy work–life balance. Simple initiatives like “bring your family to work day” can allow employees to spend time with their family as well as enables their family members to interact with the employees’ co-workers. After all the workplace is where employees spend most of their time. This also shows employees that you care about their personal lives.
By encouraging work–life balance, you also promote a healthy lifestyle since employees often neglect their health and fitness when they work long hours. Promote health by offering discounted gym memberships at local gyms or by organizing in-house recreational activities.
Let’s hear your views on this issue. What are your thoughts or some of the challenges you face on this subject?
1. Manpower Group – Millennial Careers: 2020 vision
2. Michael Page India – Job Confidence Index Servey