From flexible working arrangements to encouraging employees to find a healthy work life balance, our tips can help you keep your employees happy and motivated at work.
What is work life balance and how can we achieve it?
For many people, achieving perfect harmony and a rewarding balance between your work and personal life is far from easy. Splitting your time and energy between the two can be a daily challenge, made even more difficult when battling obstacles such as a long commute, family commitments, or working different hours to your partner.
Work life balance is a hot topic in the UK right now, with research showing that up to 98% of Brits consider work life balance as important, but over one third admit they don’t experience it. In fact, over half of employees said they've resigned from a job that failed to offer work life balance.
As an employer, handling the issue of work life balance can be difficult, because it is different for every employee –a busy working parent’s idea of work life balance might look very different to that of a recent graduate settling into a new city and taking the first steps in their career. Goals for work life balance tend to differ between single and married workers, and between those new in their careers and those looking ahead to retirement.
5 ways to improve work life balance
There are many ways companies can help employees achieve better work life balance. Here’s our top tips to improve work life balance in your business:
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