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How to optimize work-life balance

Source | Linkedin.com  |  BY:Rachit Arora, Banking and Financial Services (BFS) Consulting Engagement Leader at GENPACT

Work-Life balance refers to the growing recognition that individuals require a satisfactory balance between the demands of work and those of the rest of life. Increasingly employers are being asked to consider the business benefits of enabling their employees to achieve and maintain a better balance between work and other aspects of their lives. Therefore, the emphasis of work-life balance is shifting from being merely the concern of employees to a joint responsibility between employer and employee.

Building a business case for work-life balance

The bottom line within most organizations is that the business needs comes first. If you want to implement work-life balance initiatives and policies then it is essential to gain support from the top of the organization. In order to get the support you have to ensure that your work-life balance proposals are actually grounded in your organization’s particular and detailed business case.

Role of the organization

Developing a culture that is conducive is one of the most important steps to making work-life balance a reality.

  • Creating a culture of respect: The organization must strive to create a culture of openness and respect and environment where individuals feel supported and trusted to manage their multiple responsibilities at work and at home in the most effective manner they can
  • Flexibility is paramount: The organization must attempt to create a culture that enables managers the flexibility and autonomy to make decisions regarding individual team members’ balance needs
  • Ensuring adequate resources: One of the simplest things the organization can do to support culture of balance is actually to make sure that departments are fully staffed and resourced wherever possible
  • Empowerment: The organization must strive to empower managers in their roles as ‘enablers of balance.’ When managers feel empowered by the organization to allow their reports flexibility, they tend to encourage their staff to work in such a way to achieve personal as well as work goals
  • Ensuring fairness: It is really important that all employees, regardless of their personal circumstances, feel equally and fairly treated by the organization. Policies that apply to some groups and not to all can breed resentment and discontent

Role of the individual

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