Finding Your Work-Life Balance, Part Two: As a Leader

For some of us, finding that work-life balance can be difficult. It can be hard to know when to shut off from work, especially if you and your team are still working from home. As a leader, do you subconsciously judge your employees for taking time off or taking a long break?

Both leaders and employees are responsible for finding work-life balance. It is unhealthy, unsustainable, and not financially beneficial to overwork yourself, or your employees. 

A study, by WorkplaceTrends.com, found that there is a disconnect between HR and employees on how they perceive a healthy work-life balance. 67% of people in HR said their employees had a healthy balance, while only 45% of the employees said they didn’t have enough time for “personal activities.”

So, as a leader, you need to show by example. You might even need to explicitly tell your employees to take and enjoy their time off. 

1. Be a good role model

You might be busier than ever, but it is important to set a good example for your employees. You’re not doing any favors by working extra hard. Take some time off and encourage others to do the same. It’s vital to give yourself and your employees a break from work.

2. Encourage flexibility

Flexibility allows people to squeeze in that down time. Some companies may have a flexible policy, but may not encourage it. Allow your employees, and yourself, to have a flexible schedule and workplace.

3. Measure results, not time at a desk

Some companies measure productivity by how many hours someone sits at their desk. Believe it or not—this is not a true representation of productivity. As a leader of a team, set measurable goals with your team. It shouldn’t matter how they get there, as long as they get it done.

 

In order for you and your team to succeed, you need to ensure you have a healthy work-life balance. Being overworked and stressed will, without a doubt, lead to burnout. Take some time to check in with your employees, and assess if they need some more balance in their life. If they have a manager that is looking out for them in that capacity, it will lead to a happier, healthier, and more productive team. 

 

 

Source: a Medium article by Jeffrey Fermin.