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An ex­cerpt from our Em­ployee Bene t Views blog, writ­ten by Laura Hamill, chief peo­ple o cer at em­ployee en­gage­ment com­pany Limeade.

How to keep work-life in­te­gra­tion on track this fall

Life is com­pli­cated and stress­ful — and even more so when try­ing to com­bine a per­sonal life with work.

at’s why em­ploy­ees need a dif­fer­ent mind­set to achieve bal­ance be­tween their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional lives. ough some em­ploy­ers pre­fer to keep work and home life sep­a­rate, af­ter more than 20 years as an or­ga­ni­za­tional psy­chol­o­gist, here is what I’ve found to be true: As em­ploy­ers, we must fo­cus on the whole em­ployee, rather than sep­a­rat­ing who they are in the o ce and who they are at home. And as em­ploy­ees, it’s our job to nd ways to con­nect and in­te­grate the two.

When or­ga­ni­za­tions pro­vide work-life sup­ports — like ex­i­ble work hours, job au­ton­omy and more — they en­hance em­ployee en­gage­ment, sat­is­fac­tion, re­ten­tion and well-be­ing, all of which yields bet­ter com­pany re­sults. And when em­ploy­ees be­lieve their em­ployer cares about their health and well-be­ing, they are 38% more en­gaged, 28% more likely to rec­om­mend their work­place and 18% more likely to go the ex­tra mile for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Here are some tips em­ploy­ers should share with their em­ploy­ees for how to start pri­or­i­tiz­ing so they can achieve bet­ter work-life in­te­gra­tion:

Shift your mind­set. Work­ing longer doesn’t mean work­ing bet­ter. is can be a hard habit to break, es­pe­cially if you’re sur­rounded by peo­ple who think burn­ing the mid­night oil is their ticket to the top. In­stead, work smartly. Be e cient when you’re work­ing, but give your­self the time and space to re­lax and re­cover. You’ll start to re­al­ize that pri­or­i­tiz­ing the things you need — whether it’s striv­ing to leave by 5 p.m. ev­ery day or choos­ing to work on the week­end so you can chap­er­one your child’s eld trip — means you’re that much more pro­duc­tive and happy both in and out of the o ce.

Block o time on your cal­en­dar. Is a meet­ing-packed sched­ule leav­ing you lit­tle time for “heads-down” work (not to men­tion, think­ing time)? Do you nd your­self skip­ping your morn­ing work­out to make a meet­ing? Put up a few cal­en­dar guardrails to des­ig­nate time each day to com­plete as­sign­ments or honor your morn­ing rou­tine. Whether it’s two hours in the af­ter­noon or one hour ev­ery morn­ing with an ap­point­ment that says “no meet­ings” or “busy” — you’re pri­or­i­tiz­ing what you need. To read Hamill’s other tips, check out http://bit.ly/2rGZb1J.

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