"So was wie Work-Life-Balance gibt es nicht. Es gibt die Arbeit und das Leben – aber keine Balance dazwischen.“ So hat Sheryl Sandberg, COO von…
Human resource management and executives often pay lip service to work-life balance, but they often do not set a good example in their own work lives and rarely drive initiatives to improve it in their own companies. Cheryl Palmer, the owner of coaching firm Call to Career says, "If top management regularly logs 60-80 hour workweeks, the expectation is that lower-level employees will do the same."
So if executives aren’t in control of maintaining work-life balance among their employees, who is? It’s human resource management, which creates workplace policies and has the tools for ensuring their co-workers have proper boundaries between their personal and professional lives.
Here are 3 ways human resource management can take the reigns and enable their co-workers to live more balanced lives:
If you think your executive team will balk at the idea of a flex-time policy, speak to how it can be used to hire the best talent to your company and the costs involved with having to fire and replace poor employees. As an alternative, you can also institute a use it or lose it policy for vacation time, so your employees take time off when it is necessary.
If Winston Churchill was able to take an afternoon nap everyday, we can certainly fix our work-life issues, and HR has the tools to lead the way. As Robin D. Richards, CEO of CareerArc advises:
"There needs to be open and welcome communication between HR and managers, and managers with their employees so that there aren't any assumptions being made about time being spent working outside of office hours"