Getting your work-life balance right is, to say the least, challenging most of the time. The uncertainties in life, especially in the current market, make it even harder. As leaders it is critical that we watch for the signs of imbalance in our employees. If we don’t, it is sure to lead to bigger problems in our wider team.
Look for team members that don’t take their vacation time, have 2nd jobs (even if it is a voluntary job) and especially those team members that work extended hours day after day. They are all signs that might signal a work-life imbalance. Remember that different people show stress in different ways.
The key is to create a culture in the Business where the balance is natural.
- Insist that employees work reasonable hours and if extended hours are occasionally necessary then employees should take time off to compensate.
- Insist everyone takes the vacation time they are entitled to. Track it and don’t let a backlog build up.
- If employees are involved in community work, make sure it enhances your reputation and allow them time for a reasonable number of working hours to do it.
- If they are on vacation, prevent them from taking work with them.
Your team deserves to be physically and emotionally at the top of their game. Help them to find and retain that balance.