The Article is contributed By Divay Chadha, COO, Growup Group.
The desire to achieve the perfect work-life balance is not new. But with the growth of remote working and flexible working hours, the lines between work and life are continuously blurring. So presently the need for a better work-life balance is more than ever.
Undoubtedly, time management and work optimization by the employee plays a crucial role here. But what about the role of the employers? How can employers help their employees achieve a work-life balance? Surely 100% balance cannot be guaranteed. But with small changes in attitude towards work, it can be achieved to a great extent.
Here we have listed down some ways in which employers can help achieve the much-needed work-life balance for their employees.
Offer Flexible and Remote Working Hours
Employees prefer to choose how they are spending their time. So it comes as no surprise that the employee will perform better when the working hours suit his lifestyle and efficiency. Allowing the workers the work at hours as per their convenience will help them to achieve maximum productivity in a limited time. They can plan their day better, stay focused and get the work done much quicker.
Focus on Productivity rather than hours
There is no point in staring at the clock from morning till evening when the job can easily be done in a couple of hours. Instead of keeping a track of the number of hours the employee worked, focus if the tasks for the day were accomplished.
Make sure you regularly review the work allocated to individual employees. Keep achievable targets to avoid burnout. It would be helpful if the employer is aware of the efficiency of each team so the distribution of work can be done accordingly. It’s also necessary to create a friendly work environment where the employee can speak up if they feel any kind of stress or work pressure.
Increased Flexibility for Parents
We all know how tedious your day can be when you have kids around. Parents need a better work-life balance more than anyone since they not only need time to relax but also time to cater to their kid's needs. Corporates often end up losing talented employees because they cannot offer flexibility to the mothers. Help your employees split their time effectively between work and family so that your organization doesn’t suffer from the loss of skilled workers.
Trust your employees
Need to leave early? Make sure the targets for the day are achieved. Need to work from home? It’s played as long as the job is done efficiently.
If you are offering your employees the flexibility for time or space for their job, it’s become indispensable to trust your employees. You won’t be able to keep a check on your employees the entire time, which makes the role of trust even more important.
People are the most valuable asset of any organization. Offering them a better work-life balance will lead to happier and more productive employees, ultimately benefiting your company’s productivity. Besides, it helps improve your company’s image, attracting a pool of talented workforce.