Balanced Working: Positives Of a Work-Life Balance

Various companies and businesses adopt different cultures and ways of working. As mental health has been a major topic within the workplace as of late, ensuring you have the correct work-life balance is crucial to employee well-being and productivity. 

In a time where uncertainty is high and affecting employees and those seeking roles, it’s important to consider the benefits which can come from implementing a healthy work-life balance culture in the workplace or whilst working remotely. 

Better Staff Retention 

The happier employees feel at their workplace, the more productive they’ll be – which will lead to a high chance of them staying. Gaining an understanding of your fellow employees' needs builds communication and understanding. 

Better Focus 

Although setting goals and achieving targets is key to the growth of a business and an employee, however that cannot be achieved if they are burnt out. Taking necessary breaks and leaving work duties for work hours will lead to better focus. 

Increased Morale 

Increased morale in the team is important, but when employees feel as if they are lost in the pile of work, struggling to make time to complete endless tasks, their stress levels will most likely rise. One employee feeling refreshed and happier can lead to having a positive effect on the rest of the team. 

Personal Health & Wellbeing 

This is the most important aspect of any employee. The need to tackle mental health issues within the workplace has risen significantly in recent years. The Mental Health at Work Survey in 2018 reported that 61% of employees have experienced mental health issues at work due to work or where work was a related factor. 

Feeling Valued 

It should not take a bad situation for employees to then feel valued.  When flexible working, incentives, and benefits are offered, employees feel more looked after and therefore more valued. It can be very easy to overlook the small things, but ultimately if your employees feel like you care about them as individuals, it will reflect in their performance and loyalty. Offering flexible working hours will again allow time for employees to recharge their batteries and reduce anxiety and stress while at work. 

Promoting Health Incentives 

Health incentives are a great way to ensure a positive work-life balance. Long hours combined with long commutes can leave employees feeling drained by the end of the day – having to do it again the day after! 

Offering health incentives such as a cycle to work scheme or gym memberships, encourages team members to be active and keep up healthy habits. Physical health is one of the major aspects of an employee’s personal life that can impact their working life. Overworking leads to stress, which can increase the risk of a variety of health problems from high blood pressure and strokes.