Despite a European directive that mandated to regulate maximum work hours, many Britons are still spending the majority of their time at work. While some employees are compensated for their time, others are not. This leaves some workers struggling to meet their professional and personal needs.
Many working individuals have families and children, and their familial life suffers when they have to choose work over family time.
Due to this, many UK organisations have started to promote more of a work-life balance for employees. In fact, HR Review reports that “new employment laws came into play… giving all workers with at least 26 weeks of service the right to make a request for flexible working” time. “
The site has found that workers who are able to be given more leeway into completing personal errands and managing familial responsibilities are often happier and more efficient employees. Here is a guide on how to promote a work-life balance at your organisation.
1. Flexible Schedule – Most UK businesses have a strict schedule where they require staff to come in and leave, and take lunch at a certain time. However, some firms choose to offer employees some flexibility with their schedules. They either allow for a longer lunch where individuals have a chance to run personal errands that they can’t get to at the end of the day, or let workers skip lunch altogether so they can come in late or leave early. Google, one of the most successful companies in the world, allows all their 4,000 employees to have a flexible schedule.
2. Personal Days – According to Gov.uk “almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid holiday per year.” However, not all employees take that time as they often feel they must report to work. Allow your subordinates the opportunity to take time from work for personal reasons. This will make the individuals feel less stressed and hurried at work, leading them to be more efficient employees.
3. No Work After Hours – For many people, the end of the working day doesn’t mean their job is over. They constantly check their phones or computers for news from work, or can anticipate work-related phone calls. This cuts into personal and family time, usually leaving the person to feel tired and overworked. According to AAOL , Google made their employees in Ireland leave their office devices at work, and did not allow them to check in at home. “”Googlers reported blissful, stressless evenings,” says the company’s senior VP of people operations Laszlo Bock.
Many managers take for granted the fact that their underlings have personal lives. This mentality can cause a lot of stress to employees, and make them feel overworked and very tired. Promoting a work-life balance at the office will lead your employees to feel happier and grateful to be working for you.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 21 November, 2014
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