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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.