What is work-life balance?
Work-life balance is either defined as the “satisfactory state of equilibrium between an individual’s work and private life”, taking the perspective of an individual, or is associated with services and policies offered by either the state (maternity, parental leaves, public childcare) or the employer (flexible working, teleworking) to support individuals in balancing their multiple roles.
Work-life balance strategies for employers refer to what an employer does to enable an employee to manage his or her work responsibilities alongside their personal or family needs. Organisations that put their employees first will understand and know about their work-life needs and desires based on feedback, their personalities and expectations from work.
Below, we list you the workplace and people management areas where we can support employers so to ensure they are backing their employees with tailored work-life balance programmes:
- To ensure that work-life balance strategies reflect international best practices and employee expectations we provide current information on international/national laws or regulations, workplace trends, as well as translate organisational policies/code of conduct into practices.
- To ensure that your work-life balance policies and programmes are utilized and understood by every employee we partner with HR professionals, learning and development specialists to assess (through surveys or interviews), design or implement (through training or coaching) targeted services.
- To provide management with accurate and timely insight into the actual needs and perceptions of employees about their work-life balance needs or work related pressures we survey your people to find out where the key points are.
- To implement imaginative work-life balance policies and initiatives we offer employees and managers support in the form of training or coaching. The topics that we cover may include time management, work-life boundary management, stress management, prioritization, soft skills development or workload planning.
- To produce targeted support for managers we design and conduct training or produce guidelines for team leaders or supervisors.
Employers need to have a capacity to empathize with their employees even after the end of the pandemic and recognise that having and attending to personal needs does not prohibit them from having strong engagement with the organisation and being motivated to perform well. Some of the areas where businesses showcased strong commitment to their employees include creating engagement through inclusion, transparency and trust building, initiatives for employees to be able to disconnect.
The concept of work-life balance has never been more important. It lies at the heart of what we do at the WorkLife HUB as it is a subject on which we deliver most of our training, research and speaking engagements. As better work-life balance is associated with a number of positive outcomes for both individuals and employers we are committed to further deepening our knowledge on the subject and delivering high-quality services to our clients.