1. Get out of the office and walk the talk: If you and your employees are eating at your desks while trying to do additional work, know this is an imbalance. Encourage them to walk to a local eatery and dine with a friend. Other days, they could choose to bring lunch to work and walk to a pretty area to eat with co-workers. Some may wish to go to the gym to exercise. If they need an extra 30-minutes, see what you can do to accommodate their needs. Bottom line, help your employees get up and get active – it’s a proven formula for increasing productivity and happiness at work.
2.Fitbit walking pays for health insurance deductibles: Most of the national health insurance companies will pay you to walk! Employees are earning $1,000+ per year for walking and moving around. Many insurance companies will give employees a fit-bit and a formula on how to earn money per day. All of the earnings accumulate over the year and the employee receives a credit toward his/her deductible. Not only are people saving money each year on health insurance out-of-pocket costs, they are feeling happier and healthier along the way.
3.Flextime needs to be flexible and personal: Many organizations offer flex-time yet don’t allow it to be very flexible. Instead of a one-size fits all, allow the employee and direct team leaders to work together to meet the needs of all team members. For example, identify the employees that have children involved in extracurricular activities and ensure they schedule their time to make it to the games or school events. Perhaps some employees are taking care of young children or an aging parent and they could use some flexibility on the front or back end of their schedule. Success comes from discovering their needs and allowing everyone to work together. It’s guaranteed to boost productivity because your work team will be more engaged and happy at the office.
Let’s start including work-life balance as a key metric in your organization during the National Work & Family Month this October. You will discover how balanced lives will lead to greater employee engagement, productivity and profitability.