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5 Tips for Promoting Work-Life Balance

November 21st, 2017

It’s a busy time of the year, between finishing up projects before the end of 2017 to getting ready for the holidays. As a result, it can be tough for your workers to remain balanced and productive. The good news is that it can be done with the right steps. Here’s a look at 5 of them:

Talk to your employees about balance.

If you don’t know where your employees are, you can’t work toward helping them to achieve a better balance in their lives. That’s why it’s important to ask them what they need. Whether it’s through one-on-one meetings or an online survey is up to you. But just make sure you ask questions about hours, flexibility and what your company could be doing better in terms of improving overall work life balance.

Know the signs of burnout.

As one of the Northwest’s leaders in specialized recruiting and staffing services, Provisional knows it’s important to understand the signs of burnout and how you can combat it. For instance, excessive absenteeism, more mistakes than usual, missing deadlines or being late to meetings are all red flags. Not only do these lead to issues with productivity, but they can also impact customer satisfaction. That’s why when you’re noticing problems like these, you need to take steps to combat them, from lightening the load of strapped employees to giving them some extra time off.

Offer flex time and telecommuting.

Another way to encourage a healthier work-life balance is to be more flexible when it comes to scheduling. Offer your employees the chance to work from home one or two days a week. Also, embrace flextime, letting your employees be more flexible in terms of the hours they work. Whether they want to come in earlier or stay later is up to them. But allow them to choose an option that works best for their busy schedule.

Educate employees on health initiatives.

When employees understand how to live a more balanced life – and have the resources to do it – they’re going to feel better and perform better, too. That’s why it’s important to offer access to educational initiatives, training classes and other health-related perks, such as discounted gym memberships or hosting in-house yoga classes.

Be a good example.

If employees see you coming in early and leaving late in the evening – and know you work nights and weekends – they’ll assume you expect the same from them. But no one can sustain this schedule for very long, especially on top of other personal commitments and obligations. So encourage employees to unplug at night rather than checking emails, as well as to take their allotted vacation days.

Need more help keeping the balance with your team at work?

Turn to Provisional. Since 1994, we’ve been the Northwest’s leader in specialized recruiting and staffing services, placing over 6,000 direct-hire professionals with companies in Seattle, Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene. To learn more, contact us today. We’re ready to help you find the people you need.

How to Achieve a Better Work Life Balance

February 9th, 2010

You get up at 5 am. Check your email. Get the kids ready for school. Exercise. Go to work. Put out fires. Skip lunch. Go to meetings. Get home late. Help with homework. And then do it all over again the next day.

Sound familiar? From Seattle to Spokane to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, it seems like we’re all busier than ever and, as a result, it’s becoming harder and harder to juggle personal and professional lives. But there is a better way. Here are some tips for achieving balance in your life:

Determine what really matters to you.

Figure out your priorities by asking yourself some questions:

• If you could focus on one thing in your life and one thing only, what would it be? (Think job, family, friends, faith, hobbies, community service, etc.)
• What would the second thing be?
• The third?

And so on until you have a list of your top five priorities.

Whenever you’re engaged in one of these priorities – whether it’s career, family or personal – focus totally on it. Don’t think about all the laundry that’s piling up at home while you’re trying to prepare for a meeting, or about next week’s performance review when you’re spending time with your kids.

Eliminate unnecessary activities.

Now that you have a concrete list of your priorities, you may realize that you’re spending too much time on unimportant activities – like watching TV or surfing the web. Drop or cut back on the activities that aren’t on your priorities list because they are keeping you away from what matters most.

Take some private time.

You probably wouldn’t skip work because you didn’t have time. Nor would you miss a parent-teacher conference because it got in the way of your schedule. Your private time should be just as protected. Making time for yourself can lead to greater satisfaction and productivity in both your personal life and your work life.

Accept help.

We all need to rely on others at one time or another. Don’t make yourself feel guilty for relying on your spouse, family, co-workers, or friends to help you succeed.

Plan time for fun.

Fun and relaxation are an important part of a well-balanced life. So make time for those hobbies that are important to you, whether it’s working out, going out with friends, or taking a guitar lesson.

Achieving a better work life balance isn’t rocket science. All it takes is some careful planning and focusing on what matters most.

What about you? Has there been anything you’ve done lately to achieve a more balanced life? Please share your thoughts below.