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After along pandemic halt businesses in the UK have started to reopen. With the virus effect subsiding, business owners can finally begin assembling an approach to life and business that combines what they miss about the time before COVID-19 and about their discoveries during the pandemic. All said and done, businesses around the world can heave a sigh of relief and can start their operations in a new-normal post-pandemic working environment with some peace of mind.
Work plays an important role in our lives. Our earning ensures that we have food on the table and that the light stays on. Striking a healthy work-life balance is a difficult challenge even in the best of times, but it is all the more daunting and necessary during times of economic stagnation and uncertainty. It is often observed that work take precedence over everything else in our lives. Our desires to succeed can push us to set aside our well-being. Creating a harmonious work-life balance, or work-life integration is vital not just for our physical, emotional, and mental well-being, but also for our professional success.
The increasing expectation from employers leads the employees to feel constantly under pressure to achieve greater results. Consequently, this leads to longer working hours, and less time spent with family. As a business leader, the onus falls on your shoulders to help your team juggle the demands of their work and personal lives. Even, the best of your employees might find it difficult to strike the right balance.
Though this topic is rarely given importance but ignoring it can have multiple effects on the overall performance of your business. A healthy work-life balance is important not just for your health and relationships but also to improve your employee’s productivity. That is, if the employees don’t see work as a chore, they’ll work harder, make fewer mistakes, and be more likely to become your brand advocates.
Businesses that give importance to work-life balance have become very popular. It’s tough to deal with the younger workforce these days. The Oxford Economic suggests, “Replacing an employee costs on average around £30,000 and it takes up to 28 weeks to get them up to speed.” Bearing this in mind, it might be a good idea to keep your existing employees happy. Work-life balance will help you attract a valuable talent pool for new hires while also increasing retention rates. It will save time and resources while maintaining a high degree of internal talent.
Here are reasons how work-life balance can boost the peace of mind of the people in your organization.
If we are overstressed and tired it reflects on our health and work, both. A poor work-life balance can lead to affect our general well-being. As a business leader, you should encourage your team to look after themselves and find balance, you will significantly see a drop in absences and health issues.
Having an engaged workforce will lead to your people going “the extra mile” for you and becoming loyal brand advocates for your brand. By helping your people to find the perfect balance between work and home, you will increase their engagement levels.
Workplace burnouts are normal with mounting stress levels. However, good planning and management can save your people from these burnouts. A business leader needs to encourage its staff to take time off and leave work at work to reduce their stress level and prevent the chances of burnout.
When our mind is in a happy zone, everything seems to be perfect. We tend to develop greater control over our focus and ability to concentrate on the task at hand this is known as mindfulness. You will build an atmosphere where everyone is committed to the job if you encourage your employees to maintain a work-life balance. This will boost employee satisfaction, productivity, and benefit.
Vacations are not a luxury they are a necessity. A break from the work-life will provide your employees with a much-needed opportunity to recuperate and recharge. Encourage your people to switch off and enjoy themselves so that when they are back, they deliver with double energy and zeal.
The human body was not designed to stare at the bright screen for hours on end. Small breaks must be observed during the day to give some rest to the mind. As an employer, you can consider installing a games room where people can socialize and relax for a bit. Consider encouraging light exercises, walking meetings or meditation to help calm and de-stress your people. You can even have sessions delivered by a mind coach like Wendi McLean to help your employees vent out all the professional stress and anxiety in front of a professional who can guide them through it.
If you know that your team is having trouble finding balance, ask them what improvements they think will help them. You will gain a better understanding of your team’s thinking by engaging with them, and you will be able to collaborate on plans more efficiently in the future.
Finally, it is important to lead by example. If you tell your people to leave at six and not work over the weekend, but you’re sending them emails during these periods it sends a very mixed message. It also puts additional pressure on your people to mirror your working hours. Lead by example and witness how your work practices will permeate throughout the business. You should respect the balance and privacy of your team when they are not in the office. This means you should allow them to fully switch off, and recharge from everyday work stresses.
Shergroup has designed a service keeping the business owners in mind who want to improve the focus and mental health both inside and outside work. The constant need to perform and deliver can be challenging at times leading to anxiousness and burnouts. This needs to be tackled well to give a boost to your confidence. As a business owner, you have tons of things to look into, this may somehow lead you to compromise with your work-life balance. At Shergroup we understand these feelings and we want to offer you as a member of our community a way through these challenging times now and in the future.
We have started offering, a consultancy service with Wendi McLean, founder of Mind Place as part of our set of Health + Wealth solutions. Wendi Mclean is a Certified Coach, Hypnotherapist, Master NLP Practitioner and Timeline Therapist working primarily with clients who want to make positive changes to their life. We are proud to promote her services to you because partnering with her allows us to position a member of our community in a good place.
Get in touch with Wendi via Shergroup for your FREE 30 min call to discover how she can help you improve your peace of mind and strike the right work-life balance. We bet a session with her will help you make huge strides towards building an engaged and productive team.
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