Work-life balance; it’s a genuine concept we all need to take more seriously.
Business owners and partners need to strive for flexible and appropriate work culture. Hardworking and loyal employees stay for a reason. Approximately one-third of our life is spent at work, so let’s make it worthwhile for everybody!
There are many companies across the country that are adapting to this relaxed work culture, such as Barclays, Direct Line, PG Tips and more.
Small changes to a work environment can improve the workplace and the lives of us who are in it. Here are some ideas every business can put in place:
Refurbishing the workplace:
Most of our day to day lives are spent at work, so make it an environment that doesn’t feel like… well, “work”.
Breakout spaces – This can provide employees their own separate area to relax, unwind and take at their own time. Too many of us eat lunches at our desks or even worse skip lunch altogether. Providing an area separate from the workstation can provide a positive mentality.
Breakout designs can also support spontaneous team meetings which can reduce delays in projects and decision-making when other rooms are engaged. Make your staff feel more at home!
These can focus on a range of different areas, from alcohol awareness, eating habits and mental health well-being. People must adapt around work, so if they’re picking up other habits because of it, perhaps promoting healthy lifestyle changes would help your employees.
Time at work:
Flexitime offers employees the opportunity to work their core hours in between a set amount of time eg. 7.5 hours between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm – This specifically helps those people who need to do the school runs but it’s also helpful for the rest of us who have doctors appoints and life errands to run.
Changing and adapting a better work/life balance doesn’t just happen overnight. There are some fantastic training programs out there for HR and Managers to use, such as https://www.wellbeingcharter.org.uk/training/#training.