We often neglect the other aspects of our lives, immersing ourselves into work. But we also know, that in order to truly live a life of satisfaction, it is not just important, its mandatory to have work-life balance, especially since now most of us are working from home.
Understanding Work-Life Balance:
In today’s corporate world, work-life balance is one of the most vital aspects. It is not clear though what it actually signifies and means different things to different people. For a few, it is about dividing one’s time between work and home effectively; but for others it is about being able to engage in self-care and personal development as they further their professional lives.
Rachel Ritlop, the founder of ‘The Confused Millennial’ mentions in her article ‘9 Millennials Share What Work-Life Balance Means To Them’ on Forbes, what different successful millennials think about work-life balance. As you can see in the article, work-life balance doesn’t have a single definition. A lot of people tend to define it differently. However, the gist of it remains the same. Most of us are looking for a successful marriage of our professional and private lives that allows us to live in fulfilment without being overwhelmed by either.
Why is Work-Life balance important for employees?
Balancing work and life is important for everybody. Work-life balance not only stimulates emotional fulfilment but also increases the overall productivity of an organization. As an employer, you should focus more on your employees’ work-life balance, especially during COVID-19, because of the following reasons:
- Boosts Employee Morale
- Motivates the Workforce
- Creates a Happy Work Environment
- Reduces Stress Levels
- Improves Employee Health And Wellness
- Increases Productivity
- Increases Focus
- Helps Employees Manage The Time Better
- Improves Employee Engagement
- Improves Team Relations
Also read: 10 Best Employee Feedback Tools To Track Performance
An HR Software can help build and maintain this balance
A web-based HR or employee management software doesn’t magically solve all your organization’s work-life balance problems. In fact, there’s no magic cure for it. A web-based HR software however is one of the many solutions that can help improve the work-life balance deficit in an organization. Here’s how it can help your remote employees develop good work-life balance.
Goal Setting is clear:
Different HR management software work differently but most of the HR/Employee management software allow you to set clear goals for yourself and your employees. These goals can be tracked, and the goal progress is usually visible to employees and managers as well. This gives employees a better understanding of what they should be focusing on and what they need to do to complete those goals.
Better time management:
Time management is one of the most important aspects that help you promote a good work-life balance. These HR/Employee management software help you keep track of your time and activities either through maintaining time sheets, shareable to-do lists, getting work-based reminders etc.
Structural Consistency is maintained:
Maintaining a consistent structure at work is a significant aspect that most organizations seem to ignore. This helps employees maintain their stress levels because their work patterns are predictable and steady. An HR/ Employee management system can help you maintain the structural consistency of work by allowing you to set goals and tasks for your employees way ahead of time, thereby giving employees time to adjust and adapt.
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Better Prioritisation of tasks:
Most HR management systems have task managers which allow your employees to create tasks lists. These task lists can serve as to-do lists or visible reminders and help employees prioritize their tasks better. And once employees are able to prioritize their tasks, it takes away the feeling of being overwhelmed by work, which is turn promotes work-life balance.
Team relations are maintained:
One of the most important issues that destroys work-life balance is not being able to nurture team-relations. When you work with a team, it is important to operate as a team. Web-based HR/employee management softwares usually have a social component that allow employees to communicate with each other, regardless of time and distance. And its important to remember that all communication does not need to be work-based. Sometimes, it’s the simple act of saying hello or having a small chat that brings teams closer. Frequent communication, be verbally or through software is one of way of nurturing a network.
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