Across the country, today’s workforce is beginning to value a strong work-life balance more than ever before. In fact, work-life balance has become a major consideration among many job applicants—especially among the millennial generation.
So, what can managers and human resource professionals be doing to support a stronger work-life balance at their places of business? Taking just a few measures can make all the difference.
Allow Employees to Take Part in Goal-Setting
First and foremost, it’s important for everybody to be realistic about what a single employee can accomplish in any given position. All too often, managers and other “higher-ups” within an organization are the sole people responsible for setting an employee’s goals and expectations on the job. Unfortunately, these expectations don’t always line up with reality, leaving workers doomed to fail.
Instead of imposing arbitrary goals on employees, managers and HR professionals are encouraged to include workers in their own goal-setting processes. In doing so, workers and supervisors can begin to have important conversations about what can be accomplished on-the-job without making major lifestyle compromises in the process. In the end, this sense of self-imposed accountability can keep workers motivated while giving them a sense of independence and autonomy over their work.
Of course, it is still important to have “penalties” for not reaching goals and “rewards” for workers who do achieve them. As employees achieve their goals, they will have a more positive association with their jobs and will thus be more likely to recommend your business as a great place to work. This is a win-win for everybody.
Offer Flexible Work Opportunities (When Possible)
If there’s one thing the coronavirus pandemic has taught us about the American workplace, it’s that many jobs can be successfully performed from a home office. Today’s workers value jobs that give them a little flexibility to work from home either in a full-time or part-time capacity. If your business has positions that could be completed remotely (even on a part-time basis), offering this option to your workers is a great way to help support a healthier work-life balance.
As an added bonus, allowing employees to work remotely can save your organization money as well. By shifting some employees to home-based offices, you can reduce your own physical square footage needs in the office. Some businesses have even found that they’re able to move into smaller (and less expensive) office buildings and cut down on their utility costs by simply allowing employees to work from home when possible.
The Final Word on Improving Employees’ Work-Life Balance
Helping employees strike a healthy balance between work and everyday life is more important than ever. Looking for help with your company’s human resource management or other administrative tasks? Complete Employee Services is here to help! Contact us today to get started.