How to Achieve a Work-Life Balance

One of the biggest challenges faced by employers today is ensuring that their staff get the right work-life balance. Studies have shown that achieving this is fundamental to being happy in the workplace and happiness, as we all know, leads to more productive employees and a more successful business.

In this article, we’re going to look at five ways in which you can promote a healthy work-life balance for your team. But first:

What is work-life balance?

Defining the term “work-life balance” can be tricky, since everybody has different opinion of what that balance should be. Some people thrive under the pressure of work and want to be constantly producing above and beyond their contracted duties. Others are simply looking to come into the office, complete the work that they are being paid for, and then go home to their families and not even think about their job until next morning’s commute. Both approaches are entirely valid, as are those that fall between these two extremes.

Tip #1: draw up boundaries

One thing that most people agree on is setting a boundary between work life and personal life and preventing one from overlapping the other. It can be too easy to agree to take work home even though it means you’re missing out on family time. Likewise, we can find our personal life encroaching on our work schedule, reducing productivity. While there might be some moments where an emergency, either at work or home, might make this necessary, on the whole we should look at keeping the two separate, especially in this age of working from home and hybrid working patterns.

Tip #2: take regular breaks

Nobody can work at their top pace for a full working day.Taking regular breaks throughout your shift is essential for keeping a healthy work-life balance. Even something as simple as going to make a cup of tea or chat to your colleague for a couple of minutes about non-work related matters gives you a chance to recharge your batteries.

Tip #3: get a hobby

If all you do when you get home is eat a meal, watch television, and then go to sleep, that’s not a good work-life balance – that’s just filling the void until the next shift starts.Taking up a hobby gives you something to engage your brain and break the constant cycle of thinking about work. It doesn’t need to be expensive or exhilarating. Whether you’re abseiling or reading a book, you will get more out of spending time than you will from wasting it.

Tip #4: track your time

Speaking of time, keep an eye on your workload and how long you spend working, whether at home or in the office. Are you being overwhelmed with duties? Is there anything you can do to make the process more efficient. Do you need to speak to your boss about lightening your workload?

Tip #5: prioritise your personal life

This is sound advice for managers and employees alike. If your team is working to its absolute limits, all it takes is for one member of staff to burn out from the stress and everything will come tumbling down. A team of employees that puts its own happiness first will be more satisfied and more effective in the workplace.

A key component of a healthy work-life balance is having an office that is conveniently located with access to good traffic routes and local amenities. At Centaur Properties, we have a wide choice of commercial property to let in Liverpool that meets those criteria. Call the team today on 0151 525 5569 to learn about our latest availability or to arrange a viewing.