How to Encourage a Better Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance has gotten a lot of attention lately as something Millennials want, but that doesn’t mean older generations of workers wouldn’t appreciate their employer helping them balance their work and personal lives.

The policies, rules and expectations in your company should support a healthy work-life balance. Work-life measures aren’t just a nice thing to do for employees. They should help your company hire and keep the first-class workers it seeks.

Here are a few ways your business can encourage a better work-life balance for its staff.

Allow for a flexible schedule

Letting workers flex their schedule away from the typical 9-to-5 means those pursuing an education can take the classes they need, and parents can better tend to the needs of their children.

In many organizations, flexible starting and ending times are simple to apply with advanced notice. The addition of more flexibility, like a four-day work week, calls for more planning. However, allowing for flexible shifts is the best way to encourage with work-life balance at minimal cost while maintaining normal productivity levels.

Use paid time off instead of sick/ vacation days

Are you sick of trying to find out if an employee who called in sick truly is sick?

A paid time off (PTO) policy lumps sick days in with vacation days and allows employees to use them as they wish, giving them more control of their work-life balance.

Also, you could allow employees to roll over a certain amount of PTO from year to year. This allows employees who are planning to have a baby, adopt a child, have a major surgery, or take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to do just that. Just be sure you don’t allow employees to backlog so much time – it cripples your business when they finally use it.

Set a good example

If you want your employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance, managers should set the tone and adopt a good work-life balance themselves. Think about it: An employee will be less reluctant to use PTO is their manager works long days and comes into work sick all the time.

All the work-life policies in the world won’t have an impact if management doesn’t set the right tone.

Honor employees’ time away from work

While some jobs demand that an employee is on call during certain times, that doesn’t mean the company has free license to bug them about every little issue.

Outline definitive expectations in this area and be sure that management follows them.

Paid maternity/ paternity/ adoption leave

Any new parent will tell you that bringing a child into their family, either through birth or adoption, is like taking on another full-time job and then some.

By offering paid maternity, paternity or adoption leave, you send a strong message to employees and prospective employees that your organization places a lot of importance on work-life balance.

At LTI, we work with our clients in all their workplace endeavors. Please contact us to learn more about how we can provide hand-in-glove staffing solutions for your business.