9 Work-Life Balance Benefits You Can Get from Your Employer
October 21, 2018
Innovative companies acknowledge the importance of work-life balance and creation of a healthy work environment for their employees. Balanced employees are more motivated and less stressed at work which leads to greater productivity and efficiency. A work place that allows its employees to live out their hobbies or actively participate in their children’s school events will more likely retain their employees and their talent.
The 2017 State of the American Workplace Report from Gallup showed that 53% of employees say it’s “very important” to have a job that allows them greater work-life balance and personal well-being. 51% of employees say they would switch to a job that allows them flextime, and 37% would switch to a job that allows them to work off-site at least part of the time.
At the same time many cannot imagine that their company can improve the quality of their lives. Let me show you that it is possible! Here is a list of things your employer could offer you to improve your work-life balance and well-being. Some of these benefits you might already receiving in the package, that’s great! If not maybe it’s time to propose some changes?
Flexible working hours
You decide whether you start at 9 am and finish at 5 pm or you start at 8 am take three hours break for your yoga class and lunch in the afternoon and work until 8 pm in the evening. It’s totally up to you how you plan your day as long as your job is done. The flexible schedule allows you to organize your work and life in the most convenient way for you.
Unlimited vacation policy
A pioneer in this field is Semco, a Brazilian systems engineering & management company which has been offering unlimited vacation to its employees since 1981. How it works? An employee decides how many days he or she wants to take throughout the year, however the employee’s work must be completed before taking the time off. An unlimited holiday policy can convey trust to employees and encourage the mindset ‘work smart, not hard’. However, efficiency and results are the key here – if you manage your workflow effectively, you can reward yourself with time off. Otherwise, forget it!
Remote working and home office
It doesn’t matter where you are, it matters what you do. I love this possibility in my current job. To be able to work I need my laptop and an internet connection – I can work from home or a coffee shop, I can visit my parents in Poland, or my friend in Italy. Remote working increases my freedom and work-life balance. If your company doesn’t offer this option yet and you think it might be something that would improve your life’s quality, try to ask your employer for a home office option once a week and see how it goes.
Sport facilities and sport classes
Some companies offer sport cards to gyms and fitness studio, others arrange sport facilities in their office locations or hire fitness or yoga teachers that conduct morning or lunch exercises. Any of these options is great! Physical exercises increase employees’ concentration and creativity. Sport is one of the best stress reducers, plus it keeps your body in shape.
According to the British portal workingfamilies.org.uk half of parents say their work-life imbalance is a source of stress. Having a childcare facilities for younger kids in the office improves the daily juggling with bringing and picking up the children. Knowing that the child is in good hands helps parents to concentrate easier on their job and grow their career.
Good health insurance and health benefits
A healthy employee means well prosperous company. That’s why companies do not only offer private health care insurance to allow their employees quicker recovery time and higher health care quality, but also run prevention programs which keep their employees healthy through out the year. Additional benefit could be for a example an arrangement of an ergonomic work place. In one of my previous companies, each employee had one on one meeting with a nurse that helped you arrange your work station ergonomically so that your sitting job does not effect negatively your body posture.
It might be just a cosy room with relaxing atmosphere, some cushions on the floor and chill music or a more sophisticated place with massage chairs, hammocks and candles. When I worked in Ireland, my at the time company had such a relaxing area, which was very popular among employees. I often saw people there taking 20 minute power naps including myself ;).
Proper nutrition is necessary for employees’ performance. Not everyone prefers to go out for lunch. Some people like to bring their own food and warm it up at work. An equipped kitchen can contribute to their work-life balance and well being. Level expert in this area is Facebook offering its employees daily food rations all week long: breakfast, lunch and dinner. But of course not every employer offers such a solution, an option could be also subsidized lunches or discounts to local restaurants around office area. In my office I get 50% discount for food in the office cantine.
Sabbatical is a rest from work, or a break, often lasting from one month to a year. It can be seen as a career break or extra time taken to achieve a goal, for example to write a book, travel or volunteer. I’ve used this option and taken 6 weeks off to get involved in a charity project in Cambodia. Is this really unusual? The trend is growing, in the moment 20% of companies in the UK have a career break policy, and a further 10% considering introducing one. Which from the above work-life balance benefits does your employer offer? Is there anything you miss in your current job? Share your experience with us!