Work-life balance. Work-life mix. Work-life satisfaction.
Whatever name you give it, one thing is for sure: Improving employees’ work-life balance is essential to keeping them happy – and working at their peak. When people have adequate time for their personal as well as their professional lives, they’re content. In return, they’re more focused and present while they’re at work. That translates into greater productivity, stronger engagement, and higher retention.
And employees want it. A recent report shows that more than half (51%) of employees hope for a better work-life balance as we emerge from the pandemic.
In today’s economy, you have to work extremely hard to recruit and retain great people. Finding ways to create a healthier work-life mix for employees is a powerful way to keep them engaged and working for you.
Here are 4 ways to improve work-life balance for your team:
1. Provide adequate time off.
Overwork is one of the top contributors to job burnout (which is one of the top drivers of turnover). When things get busy, using contingent workers to provide temporary support can significantly reduce the need for overtime, allowing your core staff to stay fresh, productive, and motivated to stay working for you.
2. Ask your employees what they want.
Work-life balance can take many forms, and it means different things to different people. Find out what matters most to your staff – whether it’s permission to disconnect after work hours, taking “homing” breaks at work, working virtually, flexing work hours, or anything else – and offer a range of options that reflects what your employees value most.
3. Update your policies.
Remote and hybrid work have created new rules of engagement and workplace expectations. Without clear policies and information, your employees may be unsure of what you expect of them or what’s allowed. Review and update your company policies and handbook so that they make sense for you and your employees in your current operating environment.
4. Lead by example.
If you send emails at 4 a.m., what kind of unspoken message does that send your staff? On the other hand, if you practice a good work-life balance, make time for priorities outside work, and take your vacation, what do you suppose your team will think about their own work-life balance? Your team will follow your lead; make sure you practice what you preach.
Another way to drive employee retention in 2022? Partner with PrideStaff.
As a leading national employment and staffing agency, we provide flexible staffing services to:
- prevent overwork and burnout
- improve employee work-life satisfaction
- cost-effectively staff roles with inherently high turnover
- free your core team to work on their most important – and rewarding – work
Contact your local PrideStaff office today to learn how to reduce your turnover and strengthen your business from the inside out.