THE BAL­ANC­ING ACT

Qatar Today - - BUSINESS -

WHAT EX­ACTLY ARE THE BEN­E­FITS OF EM­PLOYEE WORK-LIFE BAL­ANCE FOR YOUR COM­PANY AND HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR STAFF ACHIEVE THAT? HERE ARE SOME IN­SIGHTS FROM THE EX­PERTS AT BAYT.COM.

The no­tion of achiev­ing a good work-life bal­ance has be­come a key goal for pro­fes­sion­als in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) re­gion. A Bayt.com sur­vey about em­ployee mo­ti­va­tion in the Middle East, re­leased in Jan­uary 2013, has shown that 91% of work­ing pro­fes­sion­als in the MENA con­sider work­life bal­ance a vi­tal fac­tor which di­rectly af­fects their mo­ti­va­tion at work. Re­gard­less of the im­por­tance of work-life bal­ance, only 33% con­sider them­selves ful­filled in their per­sonal and pro­fes­sion lives, ac­cord­ing to a poll on per­sonal ful­fill­ment con­ducted by Bayt.com in Au­gust 2015.

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in 10 pro­fes­sion­als feel that work-life bal­ance is very much achiev­able. Here are some meth­ods to help you achieve a work-life bal­ance for your em­ploy­ees:

1. Use em­ployee sur­veys

Sur­veys of em­ploy­ees' work-life is­sues can help a com­pany un­der­stand their needs and de­sign ap­pro­pri­ate poli­cies to meet them.

2. Set pri­or­i­ties for work

Un­clear pri­or­i­ties lead to over­worked em­ploy­ees be­cause they think that ev­ery­thing must get done at once. Set­ting pri­or­i­ties al­lows em­ploy­ees to sched­ule tasks over a rea­son­able pe­riod of time. Re­sults from the Bayt.com poll on work-life bal­ance in­di­cate that 35.4% of pro­fes­sion­als in the MENA very of­ten end up work­ing out­side work hours by

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