Tip Tuesday: 8 Ways Employers Can Improve Work-Life Balance
July 02, 2024

In 2023, public support for unions, strikes, and organizing efforts reached heights not seen since the 1960s. Amid a historically hot labor market, the Teamsters, UAW, and Hollywood writers' and actors' guilds launched high-profile strikes that produced a media frenzy and resulted in significant union victories.

As unions and organizing groups gain momentum on the picket lines demanding their employers provide a better work-life balance, the need to support employee relations, create healthy workplace environments, and promote employee wellness is more imperative than ever.

Below are eight approaches employers can utilize to improve work-life balance:

  1. Proactive safety measures: Updating and enforcing safety protocols is essential to prevent workplace accidents, enable compliance with regulatory standards, and demonstrate a genuine concern for employees. Also, ensure all personal protective equipment is up-to-date and functioning correctly.
  2. Flexible scheduling options: In the post-COVID era, employees are not just requesting more flexible working hours and an adjusted remote work schedule; they are demanding it.
  3. Feedback and continuous improvement: Encouraging an open communication channel between managers and employees, such as stay interviews and check-ins, ensures that employees feel heard and valued, leading to a more engaged workforce.
  4. Enhanced leave policies: Progressive organizations offer more generous and inclusive policies, including traditional parental leave, mental health days, and sabbaticals. Such policies signal an understanding of the varied life circumstances employees may encounter, fostering a more supportive and empathetic workplace.
  5. Mental health support: Recognizing the importance of mental health in overall employee well-being has become a central focus. Providing resources for mental health is not only beneficial for individuals but can also contribute to a healthier, more productive work environment.
  6. Employee autonomy: Promoting a culture of trust where employees have greater control over their work schedules and environments will boost morale and productivity. When employees can give feedback on how their workflows can be improved and feel listened to, they gain a sense of autonomy that allows them to feel more invested in and satisfied with their work.
  7. Ergonomic work environments: While investing in more excellent and user-friendly office equipment alone will not prevent an employee from being unhappy, such initiatives show a commitment to employees' long-term health and comfort.
  8. Emergency preparedness: Clear preparedness policies and training for handling emergencies and health crises are more critical than ever.
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