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We live in a technologically oriented society that has led to people developing an “always on” mentality. This has further resulted in an obsession with monitoring and responding to communications promptly and it has also impacted the way some businesses operate. The pandemic and working remotely has further blurred the lines between working and private life. Individuals struggle to distinguish between ‘work time’ and ‘me time,’ and the need to respond to messages is one of the leading causes of work seeping into personal life and disrupting the work-life balance.
Employees and employers can make phone calls, access and react to emails 24/7 and they often have access to files and documents no matter where they are in the world. While this may appear to increase productivity on the surface, it can in fact have the opposite effect due to the poor impact on employee mental and physical health.
This year, the Alliance for Action for Work-Life Harmony formed a group to promote work-life harmony in Singapore. New initiatives are being published to help companies implement ways in which they can help employees adopt a healthier approach to work and life. A work-life balance has two particularly noteworthy advantages with far-reaching effects that benefit both the employee and the organization.
Business owners and HR personnel have a significant influence on their employees’ acceptance and implementation of innovative work-life policies and should consider the following steps to effectively adopt work-life balance strategies:
At different periods of their life, employees have varied goals and needs. Organizations should begin by knowing the profile of their workforce and the accompanying work-life needs in order to successfully serve their employees. This also assists managers in making better judgments on the work-life practices that are most beneficial to the organization, as well as ensuring that the requirements of various employees are met.
Having open engagement channels with senior management allows employees to freely express their needs and concerns. It also helps them to gain a greater understanding of the company’s objectives and expectations, and how they may better contribute to the organization. Mutual understanding and support between a company and its employees strengthens bonds and cultivates employee loyalty and support.
If employees know how they can effectively satisfy work demands and the employers know how to meet the needs of the employee’s personal life, it fosters an environment of value, respect, and impassions employees to meaningfully particpate within the company.
Once the organization has a thorough grasp of the employees’ profiles and the diverse work demands of the various roles and tasks within the company, they can identify ways to support their employees better. There are several work-life initiatives that can employed for different roles:
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieving work-life balance in the workplace. Work-life assistance that satisfies the needs of employees and business operations must be understood and provided by organizations. Employers may need to be creative and think outside the box to achieve this.
Some employees may not want to participate in work-life balance initiatives offered by their companies for various reasons. The employee may be concerned their output will suffer as a result or perhaps the employee isn’t confident to request and embrace work-life balance measures in fear of retaliation or judgement from their bosses or coworkers.
Therefore, it’s critical to foster trust between employees and their managers. Put in place fair and transparent assessment methods that are objective and performance-based, with well-defined metrics to nurture a healthy workplace culture. When managers demonstrate their commitment to work-life balance by adopting these practices, it sets a tone that encourages employees and offers a strong sense of support within the workplace.
Business leaders must adapt their methods in response to the fast-changing nature of the workplace and people expectations on how work and personal lives should intersect. Implementing and maintaining work-life harmony strategies is an investment that will pay off in the long run by ensuring the well-being of employees as well as the long-term success of an organization.
Organizations with quality-of-life programs emphasize time management regarding both professional and personal lives. When employees focus on their core tasks and their strengths, it gives more purpose and meaning to work and improves efficiency.
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