We have heard about the term, “work-life balance”, but not everyone really knows about how this should be implemented. As a manager, it is your duty to make sure that all your employees are experiencing this work-life balance as this has tremendous positive effects on the individual and to the company as well.
Here are some tips to help you promote work-life balance in the workplace:
1. Ask your people what they need.
You cannot fix a problem when you do not know if one existed or not. So, the best way for you to know if there is something wrong is to ask your employees. You can ask them to fill out a survey that covers various balance-related factors of your company, such as flexible scheduling, hours worked, support for working parents, etc. Doing so allows you to identify the specific areas in which your company needs to improve quickly, which allows you to deal with issues affecting your people.
2. Observe if your employees are experiencing burnout.
It is part of your responsibility as an employer to check on your employees’ well-being, instead of just focusing on their job performance. Burnout is one of the issues that you need to look into as this will affect your employees in various aspects. Remember your employees may not fully admit that they feel stressed or overworked. Consider their attendance, performance, and even workplace behaviors as signs that they may be exhibiting burnout symptoms.
3. Implement flextime.
To promote healthy work-life balance, you can allow your employees to have flexible work hours or days or “flextime,” There are several ways to implement flextime. You can set a weekly hour requirement, but give them the autonomy to space the time out as long as they reach the required total for a week. Or you may allow them to go to work at whatever time of the day as long as they get off of work after 8 hours. Or you may not have a requirement at all as long as they have finished the tasks they are required of for the week.