The COVID-19 has changed the way we perceive work-life balance, employee wellness, and holistic health. Prioritizing work-life balance was an almost lost concept. However, the pandemic with its social restrictions and quarantine regulations has brought this fatigued idea back to the top of the must-needed healthy lifestyle habits list to ensure employee wellness.
Thanks to the advanced digital technology, initially, it did not seem like a huge change. However, with time, working parents and those who juggled between different responsibilities at home had to face the heat of the situation.
To ensure that the employees work as an engaged workforce that is productive and sustainable, employers need to take steps that allow working parents to have a work-life balance. Although many actionable measures can help achieve it, here are the 3 prime guidelines implemented by SailPoint that corporate HR teams and administrators can follow to help employees sail through these rough waters.
Offering Additional Flexible Free Time
One of the key issues employees are facing with remote working is making time to manage all their tasks. Employers can help them overcome this issue by presenting them with the novel gift of time. SailPoint implemented a twice-a-week 2-hour block for its employees during the day time. This Free2Focus time allows them to focus on their children, schedule personal appointments, complete their pending tasks, and balance their personal commitments with their workplace tasks. The response to this flexible time block was positive, implying the need for additional time to maintain a work-life balance, reflecting employee wellness and productivity.
Reorganizing The Physical Workplace
COVID-19 has not only changed the way employers perceive employee wellness, but has also shifted the spotlight on many other workplace aspects that were not focused on frequently. One of them is the working space at the physical office. SailPoint allowed 25% of its employees to voluntarily return to the workplace in September 2020 to redesign it with a more pro-employee approach. They asked the employees if they needed a library to focus better on their work or if they needed a different place to meet others. The objective behind restructuring the workplace according to the employee’s interests and needs is to ensure they have a workplace that is flexible for them to work and focus on their personal situations, ensuring a better work-life balance.
Connecting For Employee Engagement and Social Wellness
With the pandemic restricting social interactions, many had to deal with the emotional stress of being lonely or the lack of companionship. However, those with family and friends’ support found it much easier to cope with the lockdown restrictions. This showed the importance of social wellness and how having a strong community culture is essential for individual wellbeing. SailPoint created multiple Slack channels for its employees to communicate about non-work related topics like parenting, pet care, and likewise. The crew self-organized fitness competitions, and shared ideas that contributed to each other’s holistic wellness. This showed how important healthy interactions were for social wellness and holistic health.
Small changes make big differences. By implementing suitable steps and offering wellbeing resources that ensure employee wellness, better work-life balance, and also instill confidence in them, employers can boost employee engagement and productivity.
The uncertainty around the pandemic and its risks has made back-to-workplace a daunting subject to employers and employees. As getting back to work is not normal anymore now, employers must closely look into this change as an opportunity to redefine their workplace culture policies. They must start new initiatives to rebuild a strong working foundation that can help the entire workforce handle any challenge seamlessly, while maintaining their health and wellbeing.