Seeking a Work-Life Balance

Employers have a role

According to research from Mayo Clinic, when employees’ family and work obligations are out of balance, it can lead to fatigue, stress, a compromised immune system and an increased risk of substance abuse. With employees able to connect to work at any hour of the day or night, it’s even harder to set boundaries. According to a study by Harvard Business Review, the physical and psychological problems of burned-out employees cost an estimated $125 to $190 billion in health care spending.

It’s important to note that there isn’t a single definition for work-life balance and there are generational differences. But regardless of whether your team is made up of millennials, gen Xers or boomers, there are things that are valued by all employees. Included are:

  • Flexible work schedule
  • A happy work environment where employees have positive interactions with co-workers and supervisors
  • Comfortable working conditions
  • Opportunities for professional growth
  • Competitive compensation
  • Ability to make social connections

Health Services to Business has several workshops that can help employees achieve a healthy work-life balance. Ask about

  • SMART Training (Stress Management and Resiliency Training)
  • Achieving Work-Life Balance
  • Hacking Into Flow: Your Own Peak Performance Experience

Also consider the Employee Assistance Program for those employees who may be struggling with issues that prevent them from functioning at their best. It’s a valuable perk at surprisingly affordable cost.

For information on EAP or workshops by an HSB expert, call 877-458-4873.

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