Want happier employees? How to encourage employee work-life balance

Happier employees are more productive and more successful. Employers who encourage their staff to have a healthy work-life balance help create a more positive atmosphere in the office.

Employers play a key role in creating an environment where their staff are productive and happy. Here are a few ways you can create a positive environment and encourage a healthy work-life balance in your workplace.

Promote physical activity: Exercise or meditation breaks help recharge our physical body to better prepare us for our day. It gets the blood flowing and gives us a chance to mentally recharge. Offer a discount on a gym membership or organize group fitness challenges to get your team moving.

Encourage “un-plugging”: Many of us are attached to our phones and it can blur our work-life balance. For some, it’s the first thing you check in the morning, and the last thing you read before bed. Encourage your employees to unplug from their phones from the evening and try to take a break from responding to work emails in their “off-the-clock” hours. Except in emergencies, don’t expect them to do work in the evenings so they can take that time to recharge and refresh in whatever way they need.

Provide Childcare: If your employees have young children, chances are their children are on their minds during the day. Provide local or on-site childcare so your employees can rest assured that their children are close and safe, and they can focus on their daily work and be more productive!

Facilitate Educational Opportunities: Bring in speakers or hold workshops for your staff on a variety of topics. Bring a fitness instructor to come teach a class about stretches to do at your desk. Have a fun workshop on freezer cooking or meal prep. Bring in a motivational speaker to teach your staff to work more efficiently.

Be flexible for telecommuting: Technology has made telecommuting more accessible and easier in the past few years. Provide opportunities for your staff to work from home when they need, or on a set schedule. Your employees will enjoy not having a long morning/evening commute and provide them more opportunities to focus on a healthier work-life balance.

Watch for burnout: While I’m sure you value hard work from your team, be on the lookout for signs of burnout in your staff. They may not come out and say they’re tired, but the signs could indicate burn-out: excessive absenteeism, increased incidence of mistakes in their work that are out of character, or even physical or attitude changes.

Open the lines of communication: Never forget to ask your employees what they need to achieve the work-life balance they want. Everyone is different, some prefer to come to work earlier so they can leave earlier. Others prefer the “9-5.” Others want encouragement and reminders to get up and about during the day. Some just want to know they’re being heard. Provide a easy platform to keep the lines of communication open with your staff.

Technology and a society’s understanding of the benefits of having a positive work-life balance has made it easier for employers to create a healthier environment at work. What 3 steps can you take today to help your employees find the work-life balance that is right for them?