A healthy work-life balance is becoming increasingly important to today’s workforce. A report from the Corporate Executive Board found that the number of American employees who listed work-life balance within their top-five priorities grew 25 percent from 2011 to 2014. Unfortunately, these types of careers are harder to find than they were a few decades ago. While the best business leaders want to support their employees, many admit they need higher levels of productivity across their organizations to meet their business goals. Luckily, there are steps you can take to promote a healthy work-life balance within your business. Here are three helpful tips:
1. Offer Productivity Tips During Check-In
Employees create objectives and key results to help plan what they want to accomplish and how they should approach these goals. You can help your employees meet these objectives by providing tips for working efficiently during your one-on-one sessions. Meet with your employees individually on a monthly or quarterly basis to see how they’re progressing and give suggestions to help them work more productively. This way, your staff knows how to get more done without having to work longer hours.
2. Focus Your Feedback on Overall Progress
The conversations you have during one-on-ones should be helpful and relate to an employee’s progress as a whole. Instead of focusing on tiny little elements, talk about how they feel about their objectives and position within the company.
Micromanaging employees on every aspect of their OKRs makes them feel like they can’t trust you or themselves, Pluralsight mentioned. It takes away their sense of control over their position, leading to stress and burnout. By sticking to an employee’s overall performance, you help them maintain a healthy, favorable attitude toward their work and goals.
3. Encourage Employees to Set Aspirational OKRs
OKRs are most effective when they push people beyond their comfort zone. Employees who set goals they know they can easily achieve end up doing the same thing day after day, becoming complacent in their positions. Over time, this complacency turns to disengagement. By setting aspirational goals – ones that beyond what employees know they can do comfortably – people are more motivated at work. They begin to seek new, more effective ways of accomplishing their tasks and enjoy the challenge of problem solving. Overall, aspirational OKRs make work more meaningful.
A healthy work-life balance doesn’t just make employees happy. When they have the downtime they need to pursue their hobbies, spend time with family and relax outside of work, they come back to their desks as better, more productive workers.