Work-life balance was a hot topic in 2017, and it's going to be in even more focus this year. As employee wellness becomes a greater business priority, companies are exploring how they can more effectively support their workers to have healthier workloads and better control over their time.
Here are four ways your business can improve work-life balance in 2018:
1. Re-evaluate workloads
The era of expecting employees to work overtime is over. Not only are labor law changes on the table, but companies are finally realizing the serious negative toll that working extra hours can put on their employees. Eliminating the need for overtime requires more realistic workloads, however, so collaborate with HR and department managers to reassess assignments and see where you can take the load off overworked employees. This may require hiring new talent to expand your workforce in 2018.
2. Embrace flexible working arrangements
Allowing employees to work from home some or all of the time can support a healthier work-life balance, as people can skip long commutes or be home to pick up their children from school, for example. Video conferencing technology enables valuable face time with remote workers, bridging the distance and ensuring effective collaboration and communication can still happen. You could also permit employees to set flexible hours if home or family demands are interfering with work obligations and creating stress.
3. Create the right culture
Cultivate a culture at work where every employee knows that they are strongly discouraged from answering emails or taking calls after hours or while on PTO. This involves having company leadership practice what they preach and consistently communicate their dedication to supporting healthy work-life balance. You could also encourage employees to take breaks throughout the day or establish an unlimited PTO policy, as HR Daily Advisor noted.
4. Eliminate categories of days off
At many companies, employees have separate categories for days off, such as vacation days and sick days. The Balance recommends getting rid of the classifications and instead just offering blanket paid time off days that employees can use as they see fit. This move shows that employers trust and value their employees to manage their own time and communicates that they are encouraged and even expected to take the time they need to tend to pressing personal issues.
A healthy work-life balance means employees who are happier, less stressed and more engaged when on the job. The tips above can help employers support their employees to lead healthy lifestyles and manage their time well.