Every organization wants their employees to work hard, but when it comes to productivity, it’s not “no pain, no gain.” For many reasons, it’s imperative you encourage your employees to have a healthy balance between their work and personal lives. When a culture of health and wellness is developed, often relationships between employees and management are improved significantly. Furthermore, employees are generally happier and more motivated to do their best when they feel their best.
As you seek to improve your workplace, here are some key practices that will encourage your employees to leave their work at work – and perform at their optimal level.
Maintain structure and consistency in the workplace.
Most employees crave a certain level of structure and consistency, regardless of their experience or position. Having standard processes in place, such as a daily morning check-in meeting, will help keep your employees on track so they know what to expect each day and can manage their time accordingly. While it’s normal for things to come up from time to time, maintaining a sense of structure will alleviate employees’ stress and create a reliable work environment in which everyone can thrive.
Encourage employees to take time off.
Surveys continue to find that most U.S. employees don’t use all of their vacation days, and those who do take vacation time continue to work during their vacations. Encouraging your employees to take their paid vacation time has several benefits for your workplace. First, it builds goodwill among your employees, showing them you care about their lives beyond their jobs. Second, it promotes the importance of rest and rejuvenation which, is critical in preventing burnout. When your employees take much-needed time off, they will come back to work more refreshed and productive.
Allow scheduling flexibility if possible.
Your employees have busy lives and it can be a struggle for many to manage their jobs along with their many personal commitments. Offering flexible hours will allow your employees to plan their work schedules in a way that best aligns with their lifestyle preferences and allows them to accommodate personal appointments, such as doctor’s visits or childcare activities. Examples of flexible schedules may include remote work opportunities or the option to choose early-morning or late-afternoon shifts.
Your employees’ health and well-being can significantly dictate their ability to be successful on the job, as well as happy and satisfied with their lives. As an employer, using these tips will build a workplace in which all your employees can feel fulfilled both professionally and personally – ultimately improving your organization from the ground up.
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