I’m sure you’ll all agree that we could all do with a better work-life balance and I was interested to find out that at the beginning of Oct it was National Work-Life Week, an initiative set up as an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance.
I think it is fair to say that the UK workforce does tend to glorify working long hours, the very thing that has been linked with stress and anxiety in the workplace, therefore not something an employer should encourage, given the problems managing sickness and absence.
So here are a few tips that employers could implement to help redress the balance.
More hours do not equal a better quality of work
There will obviously be exceptions to the rule, but, generally speaking, if an employee has to work late are they really working at their best during their normal working hours? It is usually because they aren’t that they feel the need to overcompensate. If you encourage them to leave on time you inspire them to be more disciplined at work and motivate them to be more productive throughout the day so that they can leave at the same time as every one else.
No success is worth it if it starts causing ill health
There won’t be an employer around that thinks it’s ok to work people into the ground. Let your employees know that you expect a lot from them because you want to challenge them and allow them to contribute to the success of the business in every way that they can. However, emphasise the need for them to be living a healthy lifestyle whilst they are also striving to achieve their dreams.
Work is never worth neglecting family and friends for
A great job may seem like the highest of priorities at a particular moment in time. However, it won’t be the boss standing beside them when things aren’t going quite as they’d like, it will be their family and friends. So they need to make sure that they allow themselves some downtime to spend with their loved ones. We are not robots, its good to be reminded of it from time to time.
So hopefully at 5.30pm today, you will be shutting down your computer and getting ready to go home, surely there are always better places to be.