What can both employers and employees do to contribute to a work/life balance? originally appeared on Quora, the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
One of the main causes of work-life imbalance is our inability to unplug. That difficulty is the direct result of the blurred line between work and home which continues to worsen in our highly connected and hybrid world.
It’s our job to as employers to help our employees foster work-life integration and avoid becoming overwhelmed whether they work at home, in the office, or both. Here are some strategies for doing so:
Assist with time management and setting parameters. Teach team members to schedule all aspects of their day- dedicating specified hours for work and specified hours to other areas of their lives that are important to them (while still allowing for flexibility, of course). Urge them to work in chunks and try to accomplish at least 2-3 main tasks every day- outlining the micro steps to get there and blocking out the time to do so on their calendars.
Set priorities. Candid discussions between managers and employees can help establish priorities around which tasks should be completed first and which can wait until the next day.
Encourage taking short breaks throughout the day. Remind team members to get up and stretch their legs, grab a glass of water, or step outside for a few moments to get some fresh air and reset. They will be happier and more productive if they develop this habit.
Endorse streamlining. Help employees to think critically when it comes to streamlining their processes. They should be working smarter and not harder. Remind them to look for ways to simplify activities that are sucking up a lot of their time without providing much value in return.
Promote wellness, mindset awareness and self-care. One’s success, productivity, and happiness have everything to do with mindset (in the workplace and otherwise). Encourage employees to put themselves at the top of their task lists. Provide training about the importance of sleep, nutrition and fitness, and establish workplace promotions that inspire team members to lead a healthier lifestyle (i.e., fitness challenges, journaling, yoga and meditation classes, and plenty of opportunities for intellectual and spiritual growth).
Support methods to unplug/turn it off. Encourage team members to reset/walk away for a period of time at the end of their day (or otherwise) by not expecting immediate replies to emails, urging down time, sharing best practices for unplugging, and by leaning into some amount of asynchronous workflow.
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