Striking a Work Life Balance: 5 Steps to a Better Policy


Work life balance is something that’s essential for every workplace. After all, if employees are overworked, stressed out, or otherwise performing at less-than-their-best, your business will suffer.

However it’s one thing to believe you’re balancing work and life for employees and another to formalize a policy that ensures your employees enjoy the division of personal and professional they need to thrive.

If you’ve never formalized a work life balance policy for employees, it’s time you did. And below, we’re discussing 5 simple steps you can take to get you there.

Step 1: Evaluate Your Current Policy

Do you have a policy? The likely answer is no or if you do, it’s likely insufficient or incomplete. Many employers offer some sort of flexibility at work, but it is typically informal. Formalizing the flexibility makes it easier to track and better for employees.

Step 2: Speak to Your Team

When we say your team, we mean leaders, your management team, and employees alike. Speaking to each of these groups will help you identify what’s working and, most importantly, what isn’t.

Moreover, you can better identify what you currently have in place and how you can use it as a foundation for a more formal program.

Step 3: Begin Designing Your Program

Your program needs to suit your specific workplace. After all, certain individuals may be able to work from home on occasion whereas others must be in the office to fulfill their roles.

By clarifying these types of exceptions in a policy, you can ensure you don’t leave anything to chance.

Step 4: Implement the Policy and Assess Results

You can’t create a policy and move forward full steam ahead without first testing it. Once you’ve created the policy, it’s best to implement it for a short period of time to see what is working and what isn’t.

When you assess the program, it’s vital you measure results and prioritize open communication. Talk to employees. Talk to managers. Did you meet your goals? Are there others left unrealized? It’s at this time you can better reevaluate where you need to change direction to ensure the future success of the policy.

Step 5: Get Everyone Involved

While you may think that only employees are concerned with a work life flexibility policy, there’s more to it than just that. In fact, your management team needs to get involved so your entire office is united on the issue.

A Work Life Benefit Policy Doesn’t Have to be Complicated, It Just Needs to Exist

Many times, employers overcomplicate work life benefit policies or don’t create any at all. By taking the 5 simple steps above, you can resolve any issues and create clear expectations as to how much flexibility employees will expect and enjoy.

When you want to make this benefit (and the others you offer) more visible, Flock can help. Flock centralizes employee information and allows for 24/7 access to benefits. Moreover, it keeps your business compliant with state and federal regulations and tracks employee time off. Sign up (for free) today and begin realizing these benefits yourself!

 

It’s your turn to share: Do you believe this 5-step plan will work for your organization? Why or why not? We can’t wait to read your comments regarding your business!