Maintaining a good work-life balance can be difficult, but there are ways that you, as an employer can make sure that pressures of the UK’s work culture don’t negatively affect the lives of your employees outside of work. Creating a good balance between time allocated for work and leisure is important to our overall wellbeing and happiness, yet research has shown that almost one-third of UK employees feel they don’t have a good work-life balance.
The recent sophistication in personal technology has blurred boundaries between the office and home life, and this combined with the expectation in some workplaces to remain “switched on” makes it more difficult to “switch off” from work mode and have a separate life outside.
However, there are various ways to achieve a positive work-life balance - we’ve listed some helpful tips in this short read below!
4 Tell-Tale Signs Of An Unhealthy Work-Life Balance
Regularly working long days and feeling unhappy about the time you spend at work
A study by the Mental Health Foundation found that as weekly hours increased, so did the unhappiness of employees, with 27% of respondents reporting feeling depressed, 34% feeling anxious, and 58% feeling irritable.
Neglecting aspects of your life outside of work
The same study also found that nearly two-thirds of respondents experienced a negative effect on their personal life as a direct result of work, including physical and mental health problems, poor relationships and poor home life.
Regularly taking your work home with you
If you find yourself or your employees checking work emails regularly at home, or working on the weekends this could be a sign of a poor work-life balance - research even found that 44% of employees did some form of work while on their annual leave.
Constantly feeling physically or emotionally drained
A noticeable increase in both physical and emotional fatigue and in your intake of caffeine, alcohol or nicotine could indicate being overworked and unable to concentrate properly at work or relax in your spare time.
4 Things You Can Do As An Employer
Work-related stress costs Britain on average 10.4 million working days per year! Here are just a few examples of things that employers can do to ensure employees are maintaining a good work-life balance.
Encourage activities that promote a healthy work-life balance
Offer discounted gym membership or promote group lunchtime exercise to encourage employees to exercise, or encourage relaxation or meditative activities to relieve stress.
Encourage a culture of openness about workload and responsibilities
If employers encourage communication between themselves and employees regarding time constraints and workload, they can ensure employee’s jobs are manageable and avoid unnecessary work-related stress.
Develop policies specifically related to work-life balance
Consider providing better training to managers so they can spot stress and poor work-life balance, and allow staff members to attend counselling and support services during working hours (as they would for other medical appointments). Additionally, the number of companies offering flexible working arrangements to best suit employees has increased significantly in recent years, and this can make a huge difference!
Last but not least, promote messages of maintaining a good work-life balance
If employees are shown that a healthy work-life balance is important, employers may well find that people are happier coming to work, productivity is boosted, and people’s overall wellbeing is improved.
Here at Pro, we believe a healthy work-life balance is key and we offer everyone in the Pro family flexible working arrangements as well as countless benefits, while encouraging everyone to pursue a good work-life balance. As a result of getting the environment and the culture right at Pro, the by-product is happy employees and company-wide success.