Finding just the right balance between work and home
August 25, 2014

It's important for small businesses to help foster an environment that's conducive to promoting a positive work life balance for their employees, otherwise companies may suffer from problems ranging from decreased productivity to an overuse of paid time off. If workers aren't happy doing their jobs, they'll be less inclined to give it their all, potentially damaging not just their employer's revenue, but its reputation as well.

Many personnel are on the front lines when interacting with customers and clients. They're the mirror into the organization they work for, so if an employee is visually unhappy, the people he or she communicates with might get a bad impression from the experience.

How small businesses can help their employees find an equilibrium
If staff members find themselves with too much to do and work bleeding over into their personal lives, even the most simple tasks could become arduous in the workplace. Feeling overworked can put a drain on employees' motivation and energy, driving down their effectiveness.

It's up to small businesses to create a work environment that enables employees to keep a distinct barrier between their jobs and lives at home, allowing them to get the rest they need while not on the clock, according to Peel Region.

Organizations also need to promptly respond to instances of stress, which is a major health concern for Canadian workers, asserted the source. If they fail to do so, these issues may be carried home with workers after a particularly trying day at the office and affect the time meant for them to unwind.

Share the load to ease the burden
In some instances, employees may be unable to work full-time due to unexpected or new duties at home, such as a newborn baby or sick relative. In cases where staff can't work remotely, another option is for personnel to share their jobs, reported Yahoo Finance Canada.

Some people can't afford to leave work or downgrade their benefits packages. Rather than missing out on income, employees who share a job aren't considered part-timers. Instead, their contributions to the firm count as two separate longstanding roles mirroring one another. This allows them to reap the rewards traditional part-time roles come with while maintaining their permanent status within the organization.

This type of arrangement has its benefits for employers as well, presenting them with a cheaper way of training and managing their talent, all while keeping necessary positions filled at all times. Once staff members make their arguments for sharing their job and find the right partners to handle the obligations, everyone can rest easier now that the work life balance has been preserved.

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