Normal work-life balance is a thing of the past
Work-life balance is gone. Instead, companies should help employees with work–life integration. This means you take your personal life with you to work, and you take your work home with you to your personal life. Gone are the days where you have to compromise between family and career.
Companies have to invest in education and training where they help employees understand the impact and the benefits of a more flexible and self-dependent way of work. Technology gives us the tools to do our jobs from anywhere. Cell phones, chat applications, and video conferences are just a few tools that help a team collaborate remotely. There are even tools on the market to help with accountability.
Long gone are the 9-5 “working” hours of the past. Instead, I field calls, take part in webinars, and respond to clients all hours of the day and night.
Yes, I’ve been at the beach on vacation and took a conference call with a client. While I discourage people from working while on vacation because I understand the need to unplug and decompress, I like knowing that my customer always feels that I give them a personal touch by being available for them.
The biggest benefit of work-life integration is the flexibility of being available for my family. Regardless of if it is a doctor’s appointment or baseball practice; I don’t feel guilty for being “off the clock”. I know that I can work from home to complete a report after I put the kids to bed. I maintain top performance without feeling like I’m sacrificing. It is a win-win.
A company should also help employees create their own corporate ladder by gaining them visibility in the organization. When my husband first started working remote years ago it was well know that remote employees do not get promoted. As a result people were hesitant to telecommute.
Rewards and recognition programs that focus on all employees will help raise everyone’s morale and corporate focus. A distributed workforce is beneficial for the company too.
Imagine having your market serviced 24 x 7 with a global team. There is the environmental impact of reducing emissions by having less workers commuting. Having employees work from home offices reduces the financial impact of leasing an office space and the overhead associated with it.
Another benefit is reduced sick time and healthier employees because they can work from home instead of spreading germs throughout the office.
Increased productivity is the biggest benefit for me and my company. Working from home just two days a week gives me the time to focus on getting tasks done without distractions. Not only does the amount of work completed increase, but the quality of my work also improves. Plus, I can work when I feel most “in the zone” which is sometimes late in the evening.
I am not a morning person, but it is amazing what I can get done after most people are asleep.
I hope this article helps you to consider work-life integration for yourself and your company.
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