After reading a recent article in Employee Benefit News we thought it would be important to highlight this subject in our blog. As an employer and as an employee it is important to stop and ask yourself the question, are you balancing work and life? Companies are doing many things to improve this balance in the work place and as an employer and an employee you need to be responsible for this balance, for both your mental and physical health.
As an employer it is important to look at the flexibility that you are offering your employees. This is a benefit you can give your employees as an employer that will help your employees find the balance between their work and personal lives. Things to consider include single-day vacations, tuition reimbursement for online courses, giving your employees the flexibility to set their own schedules, for example giving them from 7am to 6pm to set their 8-hour day. Another opportunity for giving your employees flexibility is summer hours, this allows employees with children in day camps more flexibility. Have you thought of offering unlimited sick days? And allowing these days to be for taking care of sick family members. One might think that these policies could be abused, however, research has shown that this is not the case.
Another subject to consider as an employee is “more time.” “Time” is the key word when you talk about the balance between work and life; there is just not enough time in anyone’s life to get everything accomplished. Something to consider for your employees that have worked for you for a certain amount of time, such as 5 or more years, is sabbaticals. This is an opportunity as an employer to give your employees time to catch up on life and help them create that work-life balance. Another work-life balance tool that companies are doing are allowing work associates to “gift” PTO time to fellow workers. If someone is going through a very difficult time and they need some days off to take care of their personal needs, someone in the office with accumulated PTO could give up a few days to a co-worker. This will allow the person struggling to find the balance of work and life and opportunity to take a few personal days. Personal days are another form of time balancing for employees. Many companies have found that given their employees two to five personal days a year helps employees with productivity in the workforce by allowing them to rejuvenate.
As companies find creative ways to help their employees and even themselves, the employers, have a healthy work-life balance, companies will see a difference in the productivity, morale, and ultimately lead to better retention within your company.