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Is Work-Life Balance a Priority in Your Workplace?

September 13th, 2018

As an employer, it’s hard to escape the buzz around ‘work-life balance.’ More than just a word you read in articles about company culture, you’re facing it with the candidates you interview. People come in asking about the work-life balance at your organization and it’s a major factor in their decision-making process.

 

The evolving generations

Depending on how long your company has been around, it’s possible you’re accustomed to workers who start early and stay until retirement. Never once did you hear any conversation about a desire for work-life balance. This generation of baby boomers understand hardship and work hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

 

Moving to their children, you have employees who embrace using their PTO and aren’t as chained to the job as generations before. After watching their parents work hard for decades, they see the value in taking time off to spend with family.

 

By 2025, the baby boomer’s grandchildren, aka millennials, will make up 75 percent of the workforce and for them, work-life balance is a must. Raised by parents who prioritized family time, they value experiences and getting away. They don’t care about a lot of the novelty in modern offices, like beer on tap. They desire a level of stability, like older generations, but want to know they have some level of freedom as well.

 

Making changes in your workplace

If you haven’t encountered the changing workforce yet, you will soon, and you’ll want to attract some of the millennials looking for work. Instead of losing out because your culture isn’t moving toward these trends of balance, it’s time to make changes.

 

Start small

Providing more PTO to employees is great, but sometimes it isn’t feasible. A great way to attract new talent and make your current employees happy is to become more flexible. In some cases, a worker must be in the office to do their job, but usually there’s room to be more accommodating.

 

Start by offering the ability to work from home or work flexible hours. Instead of insisting on the standard 9-to-5 schedule, remember that people operate differently today than before. The opportunity to define their own schedule may leave them feeling more satisfied and therefore more productive.

 

To really make a change, you can get rid of the 40-hour workweek or limits on PTO. Companies trying this have seen great success in more content employees who get their work done without abusing the freedom.

 

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