Work - Life Balance
February 19, 2018 12:43pm CST
I can still remember the question my employer asked me during my job interview. He said, "what is your goal?". I answered, "to work in a company that promotes and encourages healthy work-life balance for their employees." He was smiling and I thought that there's a huge possibility that I may not get the job because of my answer, considering that the position that I was applying for requires me to work for at least 48 hours per week with only one day off - which means no more time for dilly dally. Work-life balance is really imperative in the work environment. Every employee needs to be pampered once in a while so as to increase loyalty and productivity. Can you imagine working for a full 8 hours per day plus another 2 hours overtime? It's not healthy to the employees, nor to the company. Employees are human beings, too, they will get tired which will lead to getting too much stress then to burnout. So, how does a company promote a healthy work-life balance environment in a workplace? 1. Providing access to gym facility or a free gym membership so as to encourage employees to live a healthy lifestyle. 2. Company outings to boost the morale of the workers. This is also a perfect time for them to meet their colleagues and to spend quality time away from stressful environment. 3. Provide professional support to the workers through coaching, training, seminars, etc. 4. Monthly or weekly incentives, or performance bonus to keep them motivated on their work. 5. Allow unpaid leave, especially for emergency situations (apart from Paid Time Off, vacation and sick leave). 6. Provide a room where they can take a rest or sleep during breaks. The list goes on, depending on how supportive the company is to the wellness of their employees. I got the job with enough support from my employer. He was a bit surprised by my answer because it's not the usual response that he gets from his applicants. I am happy that I shared the idea with them and they are open about it.
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Those suggestions you listed would really be so beneficial to workers. So many companies have little concern for those who work for the company. I think that a lot of job-hopping is done to escape those companies that do not care about the workers.
There are some companies that offer more than what I listed or even go beyond the extra mile just to keep their valuable employees. The problem with some employers is that they are not sensitive towards the needs of their workers, thus leading to mass resignation.
This reminds me of a story about a farmer who used to win the annual farmers contest. This didn't stop him from sharing his seeds with his neighbours. when asked why, he said that to protect his own farm he had to share. Otherwise the winds would come and blow bad seeds from the neighbours onto his farm. Then he wouldnt have good seeds.