Many of us struggle to achieve a healthy balance between work and family or personal life. But, whose responsibility (the employee or the employer) is it to ensure that an individual achieves that work-life balance? And at whose expense?
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published a report that states perhaps now more than ever before, job stress poses a threat to the health of workers and thus the health of the organizations that employ them.
One-fourth of employees view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. -Northwestern National Life
Three-fourths of employees believe the worker has more on-the-job stress than a generation ago. -Princeton Survey Research Associates
Problems at work are more strongly associated with health complaints than are any other life stressor-more so than even financial problems or family problems. -St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co.
If achieving balance between work and family/personal life combats job stress and therefore increases productivity, this should be a priority in every HR department. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Therefore, employees often find creative ways to find balance on their own like having grandparents babysit the kids during the day so they can sneak out during lunch to pick up dry cleaning. With all of this running around, it’s almost impossible to be productive at work and enjoy life away from the office.
achieving work/life balance benefits all
Happier employees are more productive and stay longer at an organization thus reducing the cost of recruitment and training. Employers can also offer benefits that reduce job stress such as:
- Creating a supportive work environment
- Offering workshops and resources on topics such as stress and healthy living
- Offer fitness facilities for employees to utilize or reimburse gym memberships
- Provide benefits that offer ways to simplify life at home and the office
Concierge companies offer a solution.
Instead of offering flex-time, companies should explore offering concierge services as a benefit for employees to achieve work/life balance. Employees can outsource personal projects or everyday tasks that they don’t like to do, don’t feel that they have time to do or realize don’t require their personal touch. It’s a choice to live life in a different way and a simpler way at home and at work.
For companies: Set up a consultation with our team to learn more about packages we can offer your employees.
For employees: Make your voice heard to your manager or HR department. After all, if your company can help you pick up the dry cleaning and get your car serviced while you work for them, then you’ll probably be a loyal and efficient employee.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness