Life work balance is a term which often suggests a perfect point in time where a nirvana-type balance is achieved.
Saying "yes" to everything is a recipe for burnout and that's a recipe for turnover, reduced quality, and unhappy customers. The article offers some unique tips for teaching people to "no" or "yes, but."
Want more efficient, productive and effective staff? Let them work where they want, but manage the transition.
“The results of our survey clearly state the business case for agile working....By breaking down these norms through the adoption of agile working, and involving staff, our research shows that efficiency, productivity, effectiveness, flexibility and job satisfaction all increase."
It's not just a matter of flipping a switch, it takes effective and inspiring managers, the right technology, and a good understanding of individual differences.
Creating happier, healthier employees boils down to behavior, mindset, commitment to a cause, and having the right tools in ensuring productivity and satisfaction. When these four elements come together, company morale and profits will soar to new heights.
The article suggests: no meeting Wednesdays, unlimited vacation time, gamification, and creating urgency.
"In order to drive sustainability throughout an organization, it really helps to involve and inspire employees. Ideally, they should feel that the company they work for has a greater societal purpose than just squeezing out higher and higher margins to pass along to shareholders."
The author points out that sustainability, in the people sense, requires employee engagement. Three ways to engage include: giving a sense of purpose, being transparent, and offering choice.
Forget everything you've always known about work. The rules have changed.
Flexibility to work whenever wherever comes at a price. But is it worth it?