3 Ways to Help Employees Manage Their Work-Life Balance
Properly nurturing the work-life balance of your employees is a core tenet of smart management and can promote better quality work as well as higher levels of loyalty and retention from your employees. Company perks can also help you differentiate your business and make it stand out from the crowd when you’re looking to attract Millennial hires. People who are working hard often struggle with the demands of staying healthy, continuing their educational aspirations, and time for hobbies and outside interests. It’s important to recognize that burnout is a real danger that could affect the productivity and creativity of your employees. To keep your staff at the top of their game, work-life balance perks can reduce stress and worries that could otherwise impact your employee’s performance on the job.
The health and wellness of your employees is critical to their performance as well as positive attitudes at work. It’s a well studied and documented effect that the physical and neurobiological benefits from exercise can cause significant mood elevation and happiness. Want a happy, energetic and excited team in the office everyday? Give your employees the opportunity to enjoy health and wellness perks such as gym memberships or free yoga classes. Alternatively, consider offering free, healthy, lunches or dinners as a way to support your employees so they save time packing a lunch and don’t end up eating junk food.
Your employees may want to continue learning, even as they work for you. Having a tuition reimbursement program can help sweeten the deal. That way, they have a reason to stick with your company even if they decide to get an advanced degree. Also consider offering opportunities for further professional development. Investing in your employees’ professional growth is always a good move that will enrich your company’s available pool of skills and proficiencies. It will also inspire your employees to return that sentiment by investing further in the company’s overarching success and performance.
Finally, consider implementing a company-wide policy allowing anyone to donate time to a charitable cause or a volunteer foundation. You could do this either as a team activity, and also get some team-building benefits out of it, or allow individuals to choose a cause to donate their time to individually. Either way, this is a highly effective way to elevate your company’s culture in the eyes of your Millennial employees (87% of Millennials donated to charity last year).
These types of work-life balance perks are particularly impressive to Millennials who are starting their careers. If you can implement any of these policies or recommendations, expect higher job satisfaction and retention with your employees, as well as increased buy-in to the company’s overall success at all levels. To connect with more Millennials online, get pricing for job roles and millennial brand management on FirstJob.com.
Amy Liu is a Digital Marketing Associate at FirstJob and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. In her free time, she loves exploring San Francisco and trying out tasty new restaurants.