You’ve put together the dream team of employees. They are excited, engaged, and passionate about their work. Sustaining this level of energy to achieve challenging goals year after year means you must make work-life balance a priority for your team.
Your employees become the heart of your organization. Your success is driven by your team. When employees see that their organization values their overall well-being, they will be more likely to stay engaged and committed.
According to a study by the Corporate Executive Board, it was found that people who felt happy with their work-life balance worked 21 percent harder and were 33 percent more likely to stay with their organization.
So, what are some practical ways that you can help your employees achieve a better work-life balance? Here are four strategies.
- Be flexible. There are countless ways to offer more flexibility for your team—a generous paid vacation plan, a flexible schedule, or the opportunity to work remotely. Flexibility in any of these areas shows your employees that you care about them and builds mutual trust.
- Encourage exercise. Studies show that exercise enhances mental clarity and the ability to think the most efficiently and creatively. You could be partnering with a local gym to offer your employees a discounted membership or creating a fitness challenge at work. Your employees will find themselves feeling more energized and better able to perform. It’s a win-win.
- Set limits for your team. Create an Ideal Week for your team that provides uninterrupted time for deep work, team meetings, limits on expected response times, and so on. Keep in mind that most knowledge workers are the most productive for six hours a day. Here at Michael Hyatt & Company we offer a 30-hour work week for that very reason. We’re more productive than ever before.
- Offer opportunities to learn. The best leaders know that we are all continually growing and learning. Conferences, internal trainings, or mentor programs are valuable tools that can help your team reach their highest potential.
Leaders set the tone for their workplace. It will pay to create a work culture that values work-life balance. Your employees will be more rested, productive, and creative if you do. Which of these strategies can you start now?