Work-Life Balance: What Can Employers Do?

In my August newsletter, I said “it takes two to tango”: employees and employers. Let me share a few suggestions of what employers can do to improve their employees’ work-life balance:\r\n\r\n1. Employers should accept their co-accountability role to improve their employees’ work-life balance. After all, it is for their own ultimate benefit to reap the higher performance levels of satisfied employees.\r\n\r\n2. Employers should set up a process where they track work-life balance results and act on the data. Several companies track their organizational health through some type of internal survey. As important as it is to track this on a year-over-year basis, nothing will improve if there are no concrete action plans to address the areas of opportunity. These plans stand a higher probability of success if employees are involved in both the analysis stage as well as the specific actions required to improve work-life balance.\r\n\r\n3. Managers play a key role in tailoring companywide work-life balance programs to those employees reporting to them. Even if there weren’t any formal work-life balance programs in a company, managers can still make a big difference by opening the dialogue with their employees. Back in my corporate executive years, one of my managers suggested a simple, but powerful, strategy to improve the organizational health of his employees: Ask them for the top three places where they needed help from him as their manager, then have the employees follow up with their progress during their regular one-on-one meetings. Why not apply the same methodology for work-life balance topics?\r\n\r\nIf you are a manager, consider applying some of these tips. If you are not, consider running these suggestions through your manager and HR department.\r\n\r\nI welcome your reactions.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\nwww.cannon.consulting

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