How To Ensure Your Employees Enjoy A Healthy Work/Life Balance


Covid-19 has a lot to answer for, not least the devastating effect it has had on hundreds and thousands of families—not only in the United States, but throughout the world.

Regarding the world of business, not only has the coronavirus pandemic forced many companies to permanently cease trading and close their doors forever, but for the businesses that are still solvent, the way their employees work has also drastically changed.

With that in mind, continue reading for some fantastic tips and techniques to help ensure every one of your employees enjoys a healthy work/life balance.

Ensure Time Off Means Time Off

Depending on the industry in which you work, it can obviously be more than a little difficult for those higher up in the work-based hierarchy to truly be completely disconnected from their job role on their time off.

For those employees where it is possible, however, you should always endeavor—and instill in your department heads to endeavor—not to ever contact individual members of the workforce on their days off. Such a small change will make a large difference in your employees’ work to life balance moving forward.

Introduce Flexible Working Hours

There is a myriad of wonderful advantages both for your employees and yourself in allowing members of your workforce to take advantage of a more flexible timesheet.

Allowing your employees to essentially, where feasible, stick to their own working schedules results in a feeling of empowerment for your employees and a significant reduction in last-minute shift cancelations and employee absenteeism. Additionally, allowing your employees to either sometimes, or even permanently, work remotely is another fantastic way to boost their work to life balance.

Use An Employee Assistance Program

Another incredibly advantageous change to make to your working business model is to invest in the inclusion of an employee assistance program (EAP).

An EAP is essentially a revolutionary program which solely focuses on helping individual members of your workforce to successfully navigate and triumph through and over stressful incidents and events in their life.

There are numerous benefits to the introduction of an EAP into your business model, including but in no way limited to:

  • Significantly enhancing your employees’ emotional health and wellbeing levels
  • A cost-effective way of enhancing your employees’ work/life balance
  • Saving of time for bosses and department heads
  • The reduction of health-related costs
  • Substantial reduction in employee absenteeism
  • The reduction of staff turnover
  • A reputation for being a positive, caring, and inspirational business and brand

Actively Promote Healthy Initiatives

Your employees’ emotional health and wellbeing is just as important as the physical, and whilst the introduction of an EAP is fantastic for the former, it does not help the latter.

If your premises includes a gymnasium, consider offering discounted memberships for your full-time employees, or at least educate them on the available facilities within the building. Other ways to improve your employees’ physical health include holding optional exercise classes at work, and sponsoring company-based sports teams.