It’s no secret – handling all the responsibilities while completing the work tasks on time is a challenge for almost every adult. Right from giving your best to the job, to taking care of oneself, kids, and the family, while staying sane is quite a daunting task.
Balancing personal life and work is one of the most common stress factors for employees. With the competition soaring high in the market and within the company, employees are focusing more on their work, often neglecting their personal and family life. The guilt of not being able to fulfill their roles at the workplace and home adequately, stresses them affecting their health and wellbeing. Also, it is known to affect familial relationships, workplace productivity, mental health, and overall holistic wellbeing.
Studies show that workplace burnout issues also affect employee health and wellbeing, which reflect in lower productivity and engagement.
Here are a few strategies to help employees have a better work-life balance, reflecting improved workplace engagement and holistic wellbeing.
Track Health and Wellbeing
Observing and keeping a keen eye on one’s health and wellbeing is the first step towards identifying the loopholes affecting our work-life balance, for easy planning of suitable strategies to make up for it. Wellness technology is advancing, and employers can motivate employees to use fitness devices, apps, or other wellness tracking software to track and observe their wellness habits. Right from the daily physical activity, to eating habits, sleep time, and stress quotient, employees must track the wellbeing factors to ensure they are healthy. When they are tracking their wellness dimensions, they are aware as to where and how to improve their personal life and health.
Set Clear Priorities
Juggling between multiple responsibilities becomes demanding for everyone. The roles and requirements may include completing work on time, being successful at work, having a healthy personal relationship, being a more hands-on parent, having a regular fitness regimen, or other personal goals. However, it may become stressful to allocate a day’s time to focus on more than one or two goals. Prioritizing roles and responsibilities can help in setting aside time for each task or goal, without being chaotic or stressed about not being able to spend time to achieve the set goals.
Limit After-Work Engagements
Having busy schedules at work usually pushes employees to work beyond working hours, thus, ripping off their personal time. Despite having good intentions to spend time with family or friends, to volunteer, to exercise, or to do anything apart from work, employees fall short of time to cater to their extra-curricular activities and hobbies. Employers must motivate employees to engage in their hobbies and spend time with family after work hours, and not involve them in work-related affairs after the regular working hours or on weekends. By allowing employees to engage in activities of their choice without having to worry about work relieves them of stress and improves employee health and wellbeing.
Offer Corporate Wellness Programs
Corporate wellness programs focus on improving employee health and behavior. They come with wellness modules like wellness challenges, rewards, health assessments, health coaching, and more. Also, well-designed employee wellbeing programs offer resources to help with social, emotional, and financial wellness. By offering activities like outdoor games, volunteering, exercising challenges, cooking challenges, etc., employers can make sure that employees get time to engage in activities that bring them joy and good health, while helping them earn rewards and incentives upon accomplishing their wellness goals.
Balancing personal life and work is not easy, but is an art in itself. Every person has different interests and issues, and so, the one-size-fits-all approach to resolving the concerns do not work well at all times. Employers must communicate with employees and seek feedback through surveys, polls, or discussions to know their interests, wellness requirements, and demands. This information can help them in planning strategies to maintain a harmonious work-life balance that not only improves their holistic wellbeing, but also boosts employee productivity and workplace wellness.