Work-life balance has become a bit of a buzzword. But there’s a solid concept behind it. Employees who have a healthy balance between their career obligations and the rest of their lives tend to be more productive, more engaged at work, and more loyal to the company. They are healthier, happier, and less stressed out. But when business goals have to be met, how can employers provide a positive work-life balance? Here are a few tips.
Paid Time Off
Give your employees the paid time off that they need to stay home when sick, care for relatives, or take a well-deserved vacation. And make sure they use it by limiting carryover. In other words, don’t let people save up their PTO hours for years on end. Require them to take that time off.
Light industrial work can’t be performed from home. But do you have to offer only traditional shifts? What about four-day work weeks or overlapping shifts that give workers additional options? Wherever it fits with your operational demands, try to add some flexibility.
Do you operate a seasonal business? Before things start to ramp up for the busy season, offer additional time off. You might consider closing on slow Friday afternoons or shutting down for a paid week off in the middle of the slow season.
Incentivizing Healthy Habits
Consider offering perks or small rewards for employees who practice healthy habits. For example, you might partner with a local gym to offer discounted memberships or give out gas gift cards to workers who complete a six-week yoga class.
One of the best ways to promote work-life balance is through team bonding activities. Get everyone out of work and have fun at a picnic, escape room, or volleyball game. You can host activities after hours or on the weekend and even invite family members.
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