John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” When life happens to your employees, supporting them in their time of need can make the difference between an engaged, long-term employee and one who leaves for greener pastures. One way employers do this is by helping employees (as much as possible) balance the work and personal aspects of their lives.
Depending on the job, scheduling may be the easiest way for employers to accommodate employees since the costs are minimal. The most popular options are:
- Telecommuting – working all or part of the week from home.
- Compressed workweeks – working four 10-hour days, for example, to get an extra weekday off.
- Job Sharing – two or more people working part-time to share a full-time role.
Other work-life balance ideas include:
- Ensuring there is adequate vacation coverage. Too many employees work when they are on vacation! Companies can cross-train employees or ensure that managers (or other employees) within all departments are adequately covering the workload so employees can truly enjoy their vacations.
- Offer amenities such as on-site daycare, concierge services, meal preparation, or dry cleaning to make the employee’s home life a bit easier to manage.
Helping employees achieve work–life balance is important, especially as Millennials continue to populate the workforce. Millennials are attracted (and retained) by companies that allow them to have a work-life balance. To Millennials this means more time and flexibility to focus on life outside of work.