Striking the balance… A healthy work life balance for your team
It can often be difficult to find the optimum balance of work and life at the best of times, but with the pandemic enforcing remote working for so many of the UK workforce, it can be harder than ever before to achieve a healthy work life balance.
Here are the eight top tips we encourage employers to consider, making sure you strike the balance with work and life for yourself and your team:
- Recognise the signs
- Smarter working
- Health initiatives
- Encourage time off
- Lead from the top
It’s important to educate your employees on the benefits and advantages of having a healthy work life balance, and also to highlight potential risks of an unhealthy balance such as burnout, reduced productivity and engagement. Share content from external sources and experts in this area internally to allow your team to build their own knowledge around this topic so they are aware themselves of how important a healthy work life balance is.
Recognise the signs
As an employer it’s important you are able to recognise the early signs of potential burnout within your team, especially if this is a result of a poor work life balance. By knowing what to look for and being aware of the signs, you will be able to intervene and support your employees. It will help to encourage a healthier balance before it has a negative impact, rather than dealing with burnout once it has happened.
Think about the workplace culture and flexibility, do you offer flexible hours to your team? Are they able to work remotely? Employees really value an employer who allows flexibility and a level of autonomy with managing their working hours and time, so thinking of areas to allow certain flexibility will really help contribute to a healthy balance and wellbeing.
Talk to your team about their work life balance, carry out internal surveys and ask your team what would work better or what works well for their work life balance. By communicating with your team you will establish how they are feeling, how you can improve and know what you are doing well as an employer. This open line of communication will also help build your relationship with your team, the trust and confidence in you as a supportive and understanding employer.
Employers and Managers should promote smarter working, what does this mean? It means processes and actions that allow the team to thrive, work more effectively, more productive, and ultimately a greater output. This does not mean working longer hours, this could mean working less hours but being more effective during this time. What initiatives can you put in place to facilitate this? Or what existing processes should you reflect on to move away from an environment focused on activity targets rather than focusing on output and successes?
Do you offer health cash plans or health insurance? This is a benefit that would be well received by employees to give them the confidence and assurance they have both health and financial support should they need it. There are opportunities for health clinics where your employees can take up complimentary health ‘MOTs’, wellbeing sessions or internal promotion of healthy living and wellness schemes to help support the work life balance and overall wellbeing of your team.
Encourage time off
It’s important to make sure your employees take their annual leave at regular intervals throughout the holiday year to avoid working without a break for long periods. An area for employers to visit is there holiday allowance packages, do you offer an attractive holiday allowance for your team? Would increasing this give your team more balance and therefore more motivation and productivity? Would this result in a more successful business output for you and a more engaged team? Food for thought…
Lead from the top
If you want your team to strike the balance between work and life, it’s vital you demonstrate this behaviour as a leader to encourage your team to follow in your footsteps. Talk about the benefits of all initiatives in place, encourage your team to take time off and take time off yourself. Share your thoughts with your employees, share experiences and ideas on how they too can benefit from initiatives in place and strike a healthy work life balance...
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