An employee’s ability to establish and maintain a healthy balance between their work and personal commitments and responsibilities is referred to as a work-life balance. Companies have begun to recognise the importance of helping their employees to achieve this balance. Work responsibilities have also seen an increase recently and this leads to increased stress among employees as they struggle to find a balance between work and personal commitments.
Over the years, there have been dramatic changes in employees’ work patterns, as well as how and where they work. More and more companies have begun to embrace the digital and technological age, which means that work is no longer restricted to the workplace only. Technology enables employees to work anytime, anywhere, and from any internet-enabled device. This means that employees can be reached by employers and even clients 24/7, which makes achieving a healthy balance between work and your personal life even more difficult.
Having an unhealthy work-life balance has a negative effect on both employees and the companies they are employed by. Having an unhealthy work-life balance leads to high levels of stress which results in decreased productivity. Increased stress can also lead to health problems and absenteeism, which costs the company money. Finally, personal relationships and co-worker relationships amongst the employees can suffer, and lead to reduced job satisfaction.
Companies can implement various policies that will aid their employees in establishing and maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Many companies have started to provide their employees with flexible working hours, which helps employees shape and mould their work pattern to fit into their personal schedules. This reduces the conflict between professional and personal responsibilities significantly. Managers can also encourage their staff to use their annual leave, and set clear boundaries which state that staff should not respond to work-related emails and calls during non-working hours.
Finally, it’s not all about job satisfaction, personal satisfaction is equally as important. An employee’s ability to meet personal commitments has an enormous impact on their professional success. When employees have the opportunity to meet these personal commitments, it benefits the company, as the employee is not experiencing conflict between their professional and personal lives.
Helping employees establish and maintain a healthy work-life balance leads to increased job satisfaction as well as increased loyalty to their employer.
Once a company recognises the benefits of healthy work-life balance and implements policies to promote this balance, they will experience an enormous increase in productivity and increased retention of staff, which ensures that the company continues to thrive and succeed.
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