Two-thirds of employees say that work-life balance is more important than their pay or benefits. Almost 80% of workers also agree that flexible professions are less stressful.
Every company wants to “be” that dream, but often, we have to take some steps to turn that dream into a reality.
The idea of work-life balance has significantly changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, most employees worked full-time in the office where finding a balance between professional and personal settings was much harder. In 2022, more employees than ever before are now working from home on a full-time or part-time basis.
But how can you give your employers the work-life balance they deserve?
1. Create A Homey Office Environment
To provide the best work-life balance, the first step is to make your office more inviting. By providing top-quality amenities in your office, as well as creative or unique “micro-perks”, you can also inspire teamwork and help staff enjoy their workday.
2. Perform Expectation Management
The act of managing expectations works both ways, but the key to cultivating a healthy culture is opening the expectations discussion in the first place. For example, if a team member has a terrible time working with numbers, it’s better not to expect this from them or for them to expect you to assign them accounting tasks.
3. Generally Be Open To Discussion
Discussions come into play in a big way. Whether you do it one-on-one or during team meetings, it’s a great opportunity to open the floor for work-life balance amendments. Flexibility on perk and compensation structure goes a long way in the new workplace, and done well can be net-neutral on budget.
4. Implement Catering & A Social Atmosphere
Another highly effective way to create the best work-life balance is to provide catered meals in the office. Providing healthy dishes for your team to enjoy on their lunch breaks promotes staff health and well-being. It shows your staff members that you value their work, making them feel more at home in the office. It also removes the stress of having to prepare lunch at home - an in-house perk that gives employees one more small reason to return to the office.
Whether it’s recurring employee meals that become a touchstone of community in your office, or a meal program that brings your hybrid team together, Ritual for Companies makes it easier for your staff to reach their work-life dream.