As an employer, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your staff aren’t left feeling stressed and overworked.
A healthy work-life balance is vital for their health and wellbeing. However, according to the Modern Families Index 2018 Employers Report, 34% of parents said that they felt resentful of their employer when they were asked about work-life balance.
It’s not just your staff who benefit from a workplace culture which allows flexibility and a healthy approach to workload – there are also numerous advantages for your business, too. In this article, I explore just some of the reasons why you should make work-life balance a priority for your employees.
From 2016-17, over 12.5 million working days were lost due to stress (The Labour Force Survey 2017). In fact, poor mental health is one of the most common reasons for staff to call in sick. And, according to NHS data, sick days due to mental health conditions cost businesses over £10.5 billion a year.
And it’s not just genuine health concerns which could lead to a member of staff calling in sick. According to the Modern Families Index 2018 Employers Report, over a third of workers had faked being ill in order to meet family obligations.
Encouraging a healthy balance between work and home life will help you reduce your employees’ stress levels and boost their general wellbeing – meaning they’re less likely to take a sick day when they’re feeling overwhelmed and burned out.
If your staff are coming to work feeling energised and refreshed, they’ll be more productive when they’re in the office. Long days are draining for anyone, and having to work them on a regular basis will only affect the quality of the work your employees are doing.
Also, giving staff the freedom to work hours that suit them is also a great way to see productivity levels soar. After all, the 9-5 working day isn’t for everyone – some people are more productive first thing in the morning, whilst others come alive with ideas in the evening. Taking time to understand the ways in which your employees prefer for work – and implementing an approach which allows them work in their preferred way – can do wonders for productivity.
Retain your staff
Promoting a good work-life balance and demonstrating that you take staff wellbeing seriously will encourage your employees to stay loyal to your organisation. This in turn will help to reduce recruitment costs and staff turnover over time.
Another bonus is that your existing staff are more likely to speak positively of your company when chatting to prospective new recruits. Word of mouth is a powerful thing, and if your staff feel looked after, they’ll be more than happy to sell the benefits of working at your organisation.
Be seen as an ethical employer
Showing that you take care of your staff will help you to be seen as an ethical employer. This will help you to attract new talent to your business when you’re recruiting for new vacancies, and raise your profile as an employer of choice in your local area.
What we’re doing
Here at the Growth Company, we offer agile working to our staff – this gives them the flexibility to work their contracted hours between 7am and 7pm.
This arrangement empowers our employees to have a healthy work-life balance and home life: whether it’s having more time for hobbies, being able to take their children to school or avoiding the stress of the rush hour commute.
We also encourage the businesses that we work with to offer a healthy work-life balance to their staff - and actively promote the benefits of doing so to them.
If you’d like to find out more about workplace wellbeing and how you can promote a better work-life balance for your staff, get in touch with us today.
How we can help
As I’ve discussed, it makes great business sense to look after the health and wellbeing of your staff. We can help you make your organisation a happier, healthier place to work through our tailored services and events. If you’d like to find out more, get in touch today.