Achieving work-life balance is important to your employees. Whether you want to increase your company’s productivity and retention, reduce absenteeism and healthcare costs, or avoid employee burnout, encouraging work-life balance is vital. Here are some ways you can promote a healthy work-life balance for your employees.
Allowing your employees to work remotely one or more days per week helps increase productivity. Remote workers feel less stressed knowing they can fit their professional responsibilities around their personal lives. Remote workers also save time and money by not commuting to work daily, further increasing their job satisfaction. For more, review our recent article on the topic, here.
Offering a Flexible Schedule
Let your employees set their own schedules. Decide how many days per week your employees need to be in the office along with a range of hours during which their workday needs to begin and end. Employees know the time of day when they’re most productive and can adjust their schedule for maximum productivity.
Allowing Job Sharing
Not every position requires a full-time employee, and not every employee wants to work full-time. Hiring for part-time hours gives your employees more time to focus on personal needs and interests.
Limiting Work Hours
Restricting the hours your employees may work shows you don’t expect tasks to be completed after leaving the work site. You may decide to stop your email server from forwarding messages after business hours so your employees can focus on their personal life rather than work.
Allowing Unpaid Leave
Let your employees take unpaid leave to address life-changing events. These events may include emergency family needs, the desire to explore another career or other significant life experiences that aren’t covered under FMLA. Allowing unpaid time off for meeting personal needs shows you care about your employees’ wellbeing.
Promoting Balance in Company Culture
Workloads should be reasonably managed in a 40-hour workweek. Lunch and rest breaks should be promoted throughout the day. In addition, allow time off for employees to participate in charitable events. Provide additional Paid Time Off (PTO) as a bonus for achieving company goals or celebrating milestones. Additionally, ensure employees annually use all of their PTO, or get paid for not using it, and aren’t allowed to carry it over to the next calendar year.
Modeling Work-Life Balance
This is especially important for managers and executives, since they’re looked up to by other employees and set the tone for the rest of your organization. For example, leadership should find ways to ensure employees on PTO don’t respond to emails, texts or phone calls until they return to work. Also, find ways to make sure employees leave the office and don’t complete work after hours.
These are a few reasons your employees need a good work-life balance and how you can help them achieve it. For all your accounting, finance, business and IT staffing needs in the Boston area, contact MFA Talent Management.