Remote working is here to stay, well after the coronavirus is a thing of the past. To be successful in this environment, maintaining a proper work-life balance is key.
This is often times easier said than done, especially as technology evolves and creates stronger connections between our personal and professional lives. In short, many find themselves “married” to their job.
An employee who feels married to their job is an example of a poor work-life balance. According to the Mayo Clinic, employees experience a range of negative side effects when this occurs, including:
- Fatigue: A tired employee will struggle to complete overall tasks, hampering creativity and motivation.
- Poor Health: This is associated with work-related stress. Stress, in general, can adversely affect your mental and physical health, creating larger problems in overall health and pre-existing conditions
- Loss of self or family: Being completed dedicated to work leaves little time for anything else. This can result in the loss of friends and family or missed milestones. Overtime, employees may feel isolated or alone.
When handled responsibly, working from home can be rewarding on many fronts. Employees who have a solid work-life balance carve out time for work-related tasks and personal responsibilities throughout the day. Their routine, as a result, allows for more downtime.
Are you searching for new ways to promote a better virtual work-life balance for your employees? If so, we’re hoping you’ll find the below tips useful.
Schedule unstructured time with your team
This could include anything from a weekly, 15-minute virtual coffee break with your team to an end-of-the-week social hour. Providing a space and time for your employees to discuss anything but work will allow them to disconnect.
Disconnecting – believe it or not – is important during work hours. By disconnecting, employees have a moment to recharge and finish the day strong.
Lastly, unstructured time further promotes a positive team culture. Building team culture and having a healthy relationship with your team members is crucial in the overall success of your team.
Promote a recurring routine for finishing the day
Working from home eliminates “end-of-the-day” rituals like the commute from the office. It may seem minor, but it’s little things like this that help workers cool down after a long day.
As a leader, it’s important to be sensitive to each employee’s living condition and workload – personally and professionally.
Support and encourage your employees to stop burning the candle at both ends and create a recurring routine at the end of the day. This could include going for a walk, organizing their work area, or even listening to their favorite song. Whatever it is, encourage them use it as a tool to power down.
STOP sending 10 p.m. emails
We all have days where we seem to accomplish zero of which we set out to complete at the start of the day. It’s normal.
But don’t be that leader who sends a harmless email at 10 p.m. While your intentions may be good, sending emails after hours creates an expectation for employees to take immediate action. Instead, schedule these emails for the next morning. Most emails have a “send later” option.
Share your hobbies with your team
Lead by example and talk about your personal hobbies and interests outside of work. Then, ask your team what they do in their free time. Without a doubt, you’ll have a number of employees eager to share. Most importantly, you’re promoting the importance of having hobbies and/or a personal life outside the workspace.
Promote saying “no”
Employees avoid saying “no” more than they should, fearful it will be perceived as poor work ethic or result in unemployment. That shouldn’t be the case, especially with a high workload. Encourage your employees to evaluate their workload and report back. If they’re tasked with projects that take away from their core strengths, tell them it’s OK to express that.
This falls in line with work-related stress. As a team leader, you should promote a healthy lifestyle. Health is wealth.
It’s important to remember that all employees have different situations other than your own, especially in a teleworking environment. To be a successful team leader, it’s imperative to promote a positive work-life balance. It will benefit the employee and your team in return.