In order to prevent employee burnout and keep morale high, a focus on work-life balance is a must. Over time, employees who spend all of their energy at the office become unhappy and less focused than those who are well-rested and given time to pursue outside hobbies. Here’s how to promote a healthy work-life balance and enhance your company culture:
Know that management sets the example.
If your management team is working 12 hours a day and coming in on the weekends, this sends a bad message throughout the office. Eventually this will trickle down to the rest of the staff. If you’ve got upper management working way too hard, don’t be surprised if everyone else starts to copy this pattern. Make sure that you set the example by maintaining an appropriate work-life balance yourself.
Encourage team members to leave at a reasonable hour.
In some offices, there’s an unspoken rule that it’s frowned upon to leave at 5, even if the workday technically concludes then. Let your employees know that it really is okay to leave when their tasks are complete.
Know how to spot burn out.
Sometimes your employees will become burnt out, even if you reinforce the importance of work-life balance. Make it a point to keep an eye out for signs of stress, and intervene before it gets to the point where your employee is ready to quit because they can’t take it anymore.
Make vacation a priority.
Encourage your staff to make use of all vacation and personal days. Some people feel as if it’s frowned upon to take advantage of vacation time, so correct this misconception quickly. Again, it’s important that upper management sets the right example, and all managers need to utilize their time off too.
Create a family-friendly atmosphere in your company.
Show that you care about your employees’ families by developing a “bring your child to work day” or other family-friendly events. When people know that time with loved ones is valued at the office, it helps to reduce burnout. Additionally, when someone feels that they can leave work to pick up a child who’s suddenly fallen ill at school, it makes your office a much more pleasant place to be.
Incorporate healthy lifestyle initiatives into the office.
Bring in healthy snacks for employees to munch on, or offer monthly yoga classes that team members can attend for free. A person who feels good physically and mentally is able to bring their best to work each day. Plus, healthy living helps to stop burnout in its tracks.
When possible, you may also want to consider allowing telecommuting or flexible work schedules. This helps those who are dealing with childcare providers, and also enables employees to make a schedule that works best for them, thus boosting morale.
What are some ways your company encourages work-life balance? Let us know in the comments below!