The rise in technology and social media has made it more difficult for employees to separate their work lives from their social lives. Most of us are used to checking emails long after 6 p.m. or working weekends. It’s important to work hard….to a point. Employees that are stressed and overwork themselves cost U.S. companies over $300 billion every year. Check out the best ways to instill the right kind of work-life balance for your business.
Monitor Your Employees
We don’t mean hover over their shoulder. It’s more important to notice any burnout. Most employees won’t admit to their managers that they are stressed or overworked. It’s part of your job to monitor their well-being in the workplace. Signs to watch out for: absenteeism, mistakes in their work, and general signs of physical tiredness.
Consider Telecommuting or Flextime
Flextime is exactly what it sounds like – letting your employees have flexibility in working hours. Telecommuting offers your team a chance to work from home. Worried about productivity? Fear not – employees are actually 13% more productive when they work from home as opposed to the office. The benefit to telecommuting and flextime is that employees have a chance to have a life outside of work. Attend their kid’s school play, go to a doctor’s appointment, stay home if their child is sick. As long as the work gets done (and it fits your company culture), these two options are a sure-fire way to guarantee a healthy work-life balance.
Promote Employee Wellness
This is a big one. Individuals that overwork themselves are at a higher rate for chronic illness. Your team’s physical and mental health should be a top priority. 85% of new businesses that implement an employee wellness program believe it is worth the initial investment – employees take fewer sick days and morale and productivity increase.
Encourage Your Team To Work Smart
Just because someone is logging 14-hour days does not mean they are more productive than someone who logs an 8-hour workday. Productivity and hours worked have a negative correlation. As the number of hours an employee works increases, their productivity decreases. Over 58% of employees that work long hours are irritable and 34% experience depressive emotions. The solution: train your team to work smart. This not only increases efficiency, but also increases employee satisfaction.
As we said, mental health is as equally important as physical health. Giving employees time to pursue creative projects recharges their minds. Companies that encourage creativity tend to be more innovative in the long-run. Plus, your employees (and their brains) will thank you for the break by bringing in new ideas, relevant feedback, and increased collaboration.