Having a good work-life balance is essential to most people’s happiness. All work and no play makes Johnny (and Jill) a dull person. When employees don’t have a good balance between work and home, it hurts their productivity and makes them restless. Employers should make sure that employees at least have the opportunity to balance their time between work and home. Here are some tips:
Manage Work Hours Effectively
Employers can let employees leave on time each day. Although there may be times when someone has to work late to manage a big project, those times should be few and far between. Employers should pay attention to work loads. Make sure employees know that work should be left at the office. Be deliberate about making sure employees take breaks and eat lunch away from their desk.
Provide Time Management Tools
Employers can provide access to Google calendars, communication apps and time management software to let employees be productive. Train your staff how to be more productive by answering emails in bulk every hour or so instead of requiring them to be available every minute of the day. Keep everyone on task by using a project management tool that breaks down tasks and stores information in one place. When communicating, cut to the chase. You don’t need to be abrupt, but you also don’t need to be too wordy.
Be Flexible With Employee’s Time
Employers can help employees have a better work-life balance by giving employees their full vacation without expecting someone to check in by email or phone while they’re off. But beyond vacation time, give employees flexibility in their schedule by not needing a doctor’s note when someone isn’t 100 percent or just needs to take off early to pick up the kids one day.
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