Struggling with work-life balance? Of course you are. Getting the most out of your work and your personal life has never been tougher. And it’s the same for your employees, your partners, and your customers.
We’re all trying to manage and to focus on what we view as key. That’s why our goal is work-life harmony – not balance. Balance implies perfection and evenness; harmony implies a blend of priorities.
Maybe you’ve gotten wind of frustration in your workforce. Perhaps you’ve lost critical contributors to the competition, or productivity isn’t in line with expectations.
So, how do you create more work-life harmony for yourself and your employees?
Take a look at your challenges. Consider the demographics of your organization. Are employees feeling the squeeze as young parents, or dealing with the financial and emotional pressures of elder care? What about the job structures, communication processes, and options available for executing job responsibilities? Are there changes that might enhance both performance and work-life harmony?
Stay open to opportunities. When you recognize that people are stressed, an extra pair of eyes can help identify opportunities for change. Flexible scheduling may offer a partial solution, and in-house or partner programs – in education or counseling – may provide another potential opportunity Change is unsettling, but guided change may be exactly what you need to help your employees – and you – achieve the work-life harmony that now seems elusive.
Implementing change. Understanding the stressors on executives, managers, and teams allows you to offer programs, sessions, leaves and other arrangements to facilitate your employees’ well being. But implementing programs isn’t the complete solution. You need to monitor results, respond to issues and make mid-course corrections, and keep the flow of dialog open with the people essential to your organization’s success.
Retention, loyalty, and smarts. Successful organizations understand that the most effective people are happy in their jobs. Part of that satisfaction comes from an employer who does right by them. In competitive economic times, it’s smart to retain your best employees. It’s smart to build their loyalty through observing, listening, and acting collaboratively.
When you help employees manage the juggle, you mutually invest in each other’s success – and that’s what teamwork is all about.