Provide flexibility. Create a work environment
that provides employees with the day-to-day flexibility they need to manage the
rest of their lives. Those that typically work long hours and weekends should
be given the freedom to come in late, leave early, or take time off during the
middle of the day whenever they deem necessary.
Become known as an organization where balance
is valued. In the past year, I have worked with several organizations that have
made it known to employees and prospective employees that work life balance is
a key organizational value. They provide excellent benefits and work
flexibility. At 5:00 PM employees are free to leave and, are in fact,
encouraged to leave work. These organizations pay at the market rather than
above the market. But, their employees are highly committed and are willing to
make sacrifices in their paychecks for a better life style.
Reduce organizational inefficiencies. Much of
the reason employees must work long hours is organizational inefficiency. Our
research shows that over half of employees feel the work in their departments
is conducted inefficiently.
Provide senior management role models.
Employees often take their cues from the senior-most members of the
organization. If they are workaholics, the rest of the organization will become
workaholic. If they work hard to achieve balance in their lives, the rest of
the organization will do so as well.