Finding the right balance

What influences our work-life balance? Are companies doing enough to address any issues?

Ever since technology began to assist, or perhaps take over our lives, we have all tried to find the right balance between home and work.

It’s true to say we are not always in charge of that balance either.

HR Review recently published an article about employees struggling to switch off from their working lives – a staggering 92% have replied to e-mails outside of their working hours. Nearly half of this proportion respond to out-of-hours e-mails every day.

When you consider how many people work for international organisations collaborating with colleagues in overseas offices, or perhaps have clients based globally, this doesn’t come as a surprise.

There are also individuals – perhaps someone that has fewer non-work commitments (or sees work as their pathway to success) and works to a level that is above and beyond, but then has an expectation that colleagues can (and should) do the same (Elon Musk is one example).

Tying in with this, is the idea of a sick-day no longer being as prevalent. Is the balance tipping over to one side?

What we have seen is the work-life balance question appearing in more and more employee engagement questionnaires we work on. In all likelihood, there’s already an underlying feeling that there are issues.

What we also see is the feedback regarding this seemingly elusive balance. Where this is at, invariably feeds into how satisfied they are with their workplace and ultimately, whether they still see themselves at the same organisation in the future.

So, identifying if it’s a problem is a welcome step, and if necessary, gives the client we are working with an opportunity to see what they can do to rectify this.

How’s the work-life balance at your company?