You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life. ~Heather Schuck
A recent survey by the Corporate Executive Board, which represents 80% of the Fortune 500 companies, ranks work-life balance (WLB) as one of the most important workplace attributes—second only to compensation. They found that employees who feel they have good work-life balance work 21% harder than those who don’t. That’s the definition of the discretionary effort that comes from engagement. That data kind of blows my mind. How about you? It seems to me that there is a clear message to all of us with these findings. There is a definitive payoff in productivity personally and professionally, as further study shows that company support of work life balance initiatives dramatically increase revenues, reduce costs and drive the best retention.
A good, comprehensive work-life balance program brings all those benefits to an organization. Moreover, it costs little to keep staff engaged, recharged and motivated. Furthermore, WLB minimizes stress, burnout and habits that drain productivity and drive up costs.
Think about it. More effective work means better communication, more teamwork, less stress and more commitment. Studies show that support from supervisors and work colleagues is more important to the work-life fit than support from family and friends. So as a leader what are you doing to promote and support WLB?
Here is a list of several things you can do. In the coming weeks I will offer specific ideas as to how you can use one or more of these strategies and ideas to initiate more effective WLB.
- Reframe stress
- Eliminate burnout
- Manage out-of-control email
- Set boundaries
- Improve time management
- Develop prioritization skills
- Boost energy and optimism
- Deploy the most potent motivation for engagement
- Improve health and wellness
- Activate the most fulfilling life
Remember to focus, focus, focus. During the next month pick out two or three of these strategies to work on. Contact me if you have questions on how to find your balance. Building work-life skills is about making the right adjustments and resisting autopilot behavior. Acting without focus and prioritization will push you into an out of balance life style. Clarity of mind and purpose leads to better time management, project management and life management. When you accomplish this you will be better able to take care of your work, yourself and your life outside the job.
A true balance between work and life comes with knowing that your life activities are integrated, not separated. ~Michael Thomas Sunnarborg