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How to Encourage Work Life Balance in the Summer

June 20th, 2017

The warmer days of spring and summer are upon us, and surely your office is buzzing with extra excitement as employees share about summer plans, vacations and time outdoors. While your workplace might be extra busy in the summertime, it’s still important to encourage a healthy work life balance for your team members. Here are four strategies for keeping them happy, engaged and productive.

4 Ways to Increase Work Life Balance

  1. Get Employees’ Opinions: If you’re implementing a work life balance initiative for the summer months, how do you know what to include? The best way to find out is to directly ask your team members. Host an informal survey to find out what perks your workers are seeking.
  2. Allow Some Flexibility: While a flexible schedule may frighten employers because they worry employees will come and go as they please, adding flex time doesn’t have to be so scary. Offer a late-start or early workday release during the summer, and have employees sign up so you are aware of their schedule in advance.
  3. Host Outdoor Meetings: If you can’t let your team members off early for some outdoor activities, you can at least encourage this behavior during the workday. Take your next staff meeting outside so workers can enjoy some fresh air and sunshine.
  4. Be a Role Model: As a manager or employer, your actions set the tone for the rest of your workplace. Remaining on email even while on vacation shows your team members that you expect them to do the same. If you truly want your employees to foster a healthy work life balance by taking paid time off and going on vacation, you also need to check out when you’re out of the office.

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On the Job: Creating a Work-Life Balance

July 30th, 2014

“The idea that everyone needs to work frantically to meet people’s needs is just not true.” – Larry Page, Google The concept of a work-life balance has always existed; however, the most recent generation to join the workforce is insistent on it. Millennial employees are determined to work for a company that understands that they are not just cogs in a machine producing product, but instead, real people who have lives outside of work. work life balance While some businesses have taken to the four-day work week to allow for more personal time, others have simply started incorporating “development periods” to ease the stress of five day work weeks. Targetprocess is one of these. CEO Michael Dubakov has created a program that allows employees to devote the last day of the week to development activities. He calls it “Orange Fridays.” His employees use this day to participate in online courses, read articles or try out new things that they have an interest in. Some even, “form development teams and work on various products like mobile apps and games,” says Dubakov. “It is time during the week that people can dedicate to learning or interesting projects that they normally wouldn’t have time to do.”  Read the rest of this entry »