How to get an optimum work-life balance for you team members.
By Anush Pervez
Finding the perfect work-life balance can be challenging at the best of times, let alone in the middle of a pandemic when a large amount of the UK population is working remotely. Given the current circumstances, finding that balance is now harder than ever before.
How can we maintain a strong work-life balance?
Inform your employees
Providing your employees with information about the benefits and advantages of having a healthy work life balance will help them to understand the importance of having one. You should also explain the negative impact of not having one such as; burnout, reduced productivity and engagement. It’s could be extremely beneficial to give internal examples and provide them with sources to expand their knowledge on the topic.
Recognise the signs
As an employer, you need to be aware of the potential signs that come with a poor work-life balance. This will prove to be a lot more difficult if your employees are working remotely. If this is the case, it’s important to schedule some time in with your employees through video conferencing technology for regular, non-work-related catch ups. You can also gauge how your employees are doing through the use of internal surveys about what is working and what could be better for their work-life balance.
When thinking about your workplace culture and environment, it’s important to consider flexibility. The pandemic has proved that amongst a large amount of industries such as recruitment agencies, employees are able to work efficiently and effectively from home. This could be something to think about offering full time, especially if it works better for certain employees. Flexible hours could work too, especially if an employee has to commute from say Leeds to Manchester. Having these options available could definitely contribute to a better work-life balance for your employees.
Encourage annual leave
In a normal working year, people tend to have a certain number of holidays and trips booked to spend time with their family and friends. However, given the current circumstances brought on by COVID-19, the prospect of going abroad isn't there. During a time of such uncertainty where social life planning is no longer a thing, employees can get caught up and even forget about booking time off, especially within recruitment agencies. As their employer, it’s important to remind them to do so, even if it’s just to have a few days of rest.
We have mentioned only a small amount of things you can do to ensure that your employees strike the correct work-life balance. In such an uncertain and unpredictable time, looking out for the well-being of your employees has never been more imperative.
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