As an employer, you have an obligation to your workforce to ensure that they are happy and supported at work. However, realistically, if we want a happy workforce, it goes beyond ensuring they are comfortable within their working hours.
Helping your hybrid team manage their work-life balance is a great way to ensure that they remain happy in their role and at their place of work. This means you'll generally have a more productive and forward-thinking team, but it also means that staff turnover is reduced, and for any business, that is excellent news.
Over recent years more of us have warmed to the idea of working from home and managing our workload remotely. Whilst this is a significant step forward in many ways, it can mean that work life and home life quickly become intertwined. When visiting a physical workplace, it is easy to switch off when we leave and go home at the end of the day. However, when your work equipment is at home, it is tempting to dive in for an extra hour in the evening or do some work on the weekend to catch up. More often than not, this leads to an inferior work-life balance, and it’s not something people can sustain long-term. Instead, your team must be encouraged to maintain a healthy work-life balance. This allows them to step away from work and enjoy some much-needed relaxation time, returning to the task refreshed and ready to go, which is essential for their happiness and overall productivity.
Achieving a work-life balance is vital for everyone, and it's especially crucial for people who work in hybrid roles. Wellbeing should be a priority in the workplace, and corporate training can be one way to help improve an employee's health and productivity. If your team understands how to identify the signs of stress and become more self-aware, it will help them develop coping mechanisms.
You must encourage a work-life balance that everyone is happy with. For example, if you notice a team member logging in outside of working hours or often submitting work late at night, it could be worth speaking to them. You may want to discuss why they wish to work at those times, outline your expectations and decide on a way forward that everyone is happy with.
It can be challenging when deadlines are approaching and everyone feels the pressure, but encouraging your team members to take a lunch break is really important. Working from home often means that we're stuck inside for days at a time, so encouraging walks around the block at lunch or even an early finish on a Friday so everyone can spend an hour in the garden will make all the difference.
It is easy to fall into the trap of working all the hours you can to get the most amount of work done, however, this style of workload is rarely the most productive way forward. Instead, your team members working outside of their regular hours are generally more stressed and potentially less productive.
There are many methods and techniques that can be taught through wellbeing and resilience training that not only benefit your business by having more productive employees, but also nurture a happier workforce.
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