Your employees are the life of your business. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to make things work. For that reason, you want to keep your employees happy. One of the simplest ways to do this is to acknowledge that employees have a life outside of work. When you show an understanding of that fact, employees will be happy and feel appreciated. Here are 7 ways your business can promote a better work-life balance.
1. Offer Fun Work Activities
Everyone needs to work hard to support themselves. However, life is more than just work. People who don’t do anything but work will lose joy in life. Happy people also have fun. Encourage fun by organizing work events to go out to the movies or to go bowling. It will give people time to take a break and let loose with your support.
2. Get to Know Your Employees
Each employee has unique personal lives and unique needs. They also have different goals. Some want to climb the corporate ladder and want to work more while others want to stay where they are at work and focus on family. Get to know your employees and what they want to help you give them the appropriate support. It will also help you to plan what events might be coming up for certain employees.
3. Offer Access to a Gym
Work-life balance includes health. A healthy employee will call into work “sick” much less. They will also be able to focus better when they are at work. You should offer adequate health insurance. You should also offer access to a gym in the building. The close proximity will help increase the likelihood that your employees will actually go to the gym and work on themselves.
4. Offer More Personal Days
People have lives outside of work. Sometimes, the personal life will intersect into the time usually dominated by work. When this happens, an employer should be understanding. Offer personal days so that employees can go on a child’s field trip as a chaperone or a triathlon they’ve been training for. You should also offer half days when a full day isn’t necessary, for a doctor appointment, for example.
5. Offer Child-care
Many new parents struggle leaving their child with a babysitter when they go back to work. Help facilitate the transition by offering childcare in the office. Your employee will feel much better since they can go see their baby during breaks. They can also feed the baby during these breaks.
6. Offer a Part-time Option
Some people want to devote their time to family for some time. They might want to come back in a limited capacity or work less hours. You should at least offer a part-time option for people who just had a baby or had another personal struggle that limits their ability to come to work full-time. You may not be able to offer the same benefits to a part-time employee, so make sure that is clear.
7. Offer Work From Home Option
Morning commutes can be quite frustrating. Many workplaces are allowing employees to skip the commute all together and wake up at work all ready by letting them work from home. You will need to help set up a home office and offer managed IT services. It will allow people with a disability to get to work more easily. It can also help employees with families spend handle things at home. You also won’t have to pay as much overhead when your employee isn’t using your equipment and office supplies.
Employees who are happy at home will be happy at work. Use these tips to encourage employees to succeed at work while also succeeding at home.
Guest Poster – Tarah Mills
Tarah Mills has always had a passion for writing. Her philosophy is that not only can writing be educational, but it can change the world. While she is dedicated to her work, she still enjoys a good game of basketball, curling up to a good book, and all things Star Wars. She currently resides in the Richmond, Virginia area with her family.