20 Aug How Employee Work-Life Balance Contributes to a Positive Team Culture? How Are You Helping Your Employees Maintain Work-Life Balance?
Work-life balance is something everyone desires, but so few can truly achieve. Thankfully, business leaders can help employees reach this balanced state and create a more positive company culture in turn. Here are some tips from business pros on promoting balance, culture, and the benefits they bring.
A positive company culture contributes to work-life balance and vice versa. Kick off this beneficial upward cycle by setting a solid example from the top.
“Having a good work-life balance will allow your employees to have a positive attitude, and it will create a positive work environment, which is a key part of creating a positive team culture at your company. It is important to encourage your employees to maintain their health and be active to get this good work-life balance.
You can achieve this by having wellness programs in the office, offering healthy snack options, and encouraging employees to take a ten-minute break when needed. These are all helpful ways to create a positive team member environment.” – Justin Chan, Growth Manager of JuneShine.
“It might seem obvious, but when employees are healthy, mentally and physically, they are traditionally better employees. If they are not struggling to deal with their personal lives and long hours at work, they are more likely to be more productive and produce great work. Encouraging employees to have good work-life balance allows them to handle things in their personal lives without also stressing about taking time away from work.” – Courtney Buhler, CEO and Founder of Sugarlash PRO.
“Maintaining a work-life balance creates a positive environment because employees don’t feel stuck in their jobs. As wonderful as being with amazing coworkers can be, everyone needs a break for their friends, family, and home life. It can lead to problems if you are surrounded by the same people all the time, especially in stressful situations, so it’s good to maintain a positive work-life balance.” – Annabel Love, Co-Founder and COO of Nori.
The correlation between culture, productivity, and work-life balance appear to be closely linked. Unite this trinity to see solid and sustainable results for your business.
“The past year, given the pandemic, has taught us all to be flexible and comfortable with the unknown. As a result, many employers realize they need to be prepared to offer their employees more work-life balance. By doing so, employees will be happier at work and often more loyal to the company.” – Sheila Chaiban, CEO of One Ocean Beauty.
“The return on investment for company culture is incredible. You start to see teams working together more independently and solving problems on the fly without intervention or micromanaging. This makes lives easier for everyone and contributes to work-life balance in the process. It’s a win-win across the board, and you’ll see results on the bottom line as well.” – Aidan Cole, CEO of Nailboo.
“Employees who feel that their employers value work-life balance are more likely to be loyal and stay longer. When employees can balance their work responsibilities and personal lives fairly evenly, they are less likely to feel stressed and be more productive at work. Their morale levels tend to be higher, and they make better team players in general.” – Benjamin Smith, Founder of Disco.
“Burnout does not lead to productivity or longevity. Many of us are guilty of taking time off only to find ourselves checking our email when we’re supposed to be resetting. Employees should feel comfortable taking their well-earned PTO and prioritize giving themselves a reset when needed so that they can return to work refueled, engaged, and in a positive mindset.” – Ryan Rockefeller, CEO and Co-Founder of Cleared.
We all know the importance of company culture, work-life balance, and all those good things. Here are some practical tips to improve on all fronts.
“Work-life balance is vital for employees. They need to feel comfortable taking breaks. Instead of feeling like you have to power through your workday, take time for your mental and physical health during the day. It’s better to get your work done slowly than to burn out.” – Shaun Price, Head of Customer Acquisition at MitoQ
“It’s important to find calming moments throughout your day and ways to quiet your mind. Finding a proper work-life balance can aid in creating a more positive workplace where employees feel positive about what they do. It can also help them stay focused when they are working.” – Sarah Pirrie, Senior Director of Marketing at Healist Naturals.
“I make time to exercise. It’s not about being indulgent. It’s more about your ability to manage properly and stay focused. Everyone on earth can benefit from that.” – Ginni Rometty, Former Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM.
“You’re only as good as the habits and routines you set out for yourself. Take relaxation just as seriously as work when mapping out your day. Hard cutoff when your work-related tasks are done. That way, you don’t end up in that weird zone between work and relaxation where nobody is happy.” – Ashwin Sokke, Co-Founder of WOW Skin Science
Remote Work Revolution
Some companies are all-in on remote work, while others are experimenting with hybrid strategies. No matter what, remember the cornerstones of culture and work-life balance for employees.
“People are ready to pivot at different points in their careers now: changing roles, working remotely, moving to consulting or freelancing, or taking time off. These things can add to your expertise while giving you the life experiences you want.” – Vidhya Ravi, Director of Marketing at Automattic.
“It’s possible to maintain a strong company culture with a remote work plan. Many of the technologies we use to coordinate remote work can benefit culture and work-life balance for employees and executives alike. Just remember to avoid the ‘always available’ mentality and set boundaries where necessary.” – Kelli Lane, CMO of Genexa.
“As more people work remotely, 9-to-5 hours will evolve, and people will be able to move from a work-life balance that incorporates self-care as part of their workday. To optimize a work-life balance for yourself and your employees, I suggest attempting a hybrid work model with ‘core hours’ at your company from 12 to 4, where workers can come into the office. This allows the full team to be present for in-person meetings and collaboration when needed, and allows them to work from home on their schedule for the remaining four hours of their workday.”- Bill Glaser, CEO of Outstanding Foods.
“We have a purpose-built, 100% remote team, so we initially select people who know how to be productive and prioritize/manage their responsibilities in a remote setting. Our team members also appreciate that we champion and practice ‘life flexibility’. We know our people have different working styles or things in their life that are very important to them. We believe offering flexible times and days for working can greatly reduce stress and exhaustion and frees people up to perform at their best when it’s best for them.” – Eric Kaye, Founder and Chief Evangelist of Kayezen Vector.
It may not be possible to achieve a perfect work-life balance 365 days a year, but these valuable tips should get you on a healthier, happier path – starting now.