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Why We Need Work Life Balance

Hanna Walther, Ytel |  

Did you know work-life balance is directly related to job satisfaction? Think about it. The more time you spend at work, dealing with the normal stress of the job, the more immersed you become in that environment. It’s natural at the end of the day to unplug, close up shop and go home. The less time unplugged, the more stress that accumulates. You can either choose balance, or burnout.Work Life Balance: Why You Need It to be Successful

Did you know work-life balance is directly related to job satisfaction? Think about it. The more time you spend at work, dealing with the normal stress of the job, the more immersed you become in that environment. It’s natural at the end of the day to unplug, close up shop and go home. The less time unplugged, the more stress that accumulates. You can either choose balance, or burnout.Work Life Balance: Why You Need It to be Successful

Finding balance between work and your personal life is essential to remaining satisfied and fulfilled in both areas. But how many businesses actually support this idea for their employees? It’s natural to feel guilty for taking time off, or leaving the office on time, especially if your coworkers stay late. In reality, you should never feel guilty for choosing balance in your life. As an employer, you should be encouraging your staff to find balance, and to take the necessary time off to regroup.

This year, Netflix announced their unlimited paid parental leave policy to their employees, setting the bar high for businesses to follow suit. An executive commented, "Netflix's continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field. Experience shows people perform better at work when they're not worrying about home." Netflix is a perfect example of a business understanding that work life balance, and family, should be higher on the priority list for their employees, and the way it directly contributes to the happiness and productivity of their employees. Here are a few ways to impart work-life balance on your team:

  • Coach your management team on setting the example of work life balance, so your employees will follow their lead. 
  • Set priorities for all work completed. When priorities are unclear, employees tend to overwork because the expectation isn't clear. 
  • Encourage your team members to take real holidays and make sure they unplug from emails. 
  • Offer a work from home Friday option.
  • Host meetings virtually, so employees don't have to be on-site.
  • Encourage your employees to avoid checking their email on vacation and on weekends. 
  • Make sure your employees use their vacation time and sick leave each year. 
How do you implement work-life balance in your company? Leave us a comment! 

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Hanna Walther, Ytel

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Hanna manages Ytel's Communications strategy and has worked in Marketing for five years. She has a Master's in Communications and is passionate about connecting customers and businesses by building authentic relationships online.


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