“I believe a balanced life is essential, and I try to make sure that all of our employees know that and live that way. It’s crucial to me as a manager that I help ensure that our employees are as successful as our customers and partners.” –Marc Benioff
The growing tensions between work and life are more stressful than ever, not only for individuals but organizations as well. It seems clear, at least to me, as I travel and talk with clients that the old ways of the workplace simply are no longer working effectively. The workplace is lacks the flexibility to help people meet the pressures on time. There is a dearth in skills training time and market/customer demands as well as the shifts in the culture all throw work and life out of balance. Clearly something has to give and sadly the focal point of the “give” is people.
Absenteeism and sick leave have become the vehicle to help people care for their children or aging parents. This is contradictory to the real need for free time away to recharge, renew and reenergize. Instead an even greater drag is put on the need to support balance.
The Hay Group noted in the Employers for Work-Life Balance website that not only is recruitment of professionals difficult but the cost of losing staff is high, as much as 40% of their profits is eaten up as a casualty of poor or nonexistent work-life balance. In addition, staff motivation and loyalty is gradually being worn away in the expectations of the relentless 24/7 work place.
The fact is everyone needs work life balance whatever their age or situation. This isn’t something for new parents or working mothers. It is about finding and implementing new ways for you, your organization and employees to work. That will improve work life balance better which in turn leads to more productivity.
I will share more ideas and strategies to think about and take action on to develop a commitment to a work life balance culture in your organization. Check my website often for new posts on this topic and others that will help you be more successful in connecting work and life.