A recent survey conducted by a top national daily suggests that 60% of India Inc. across roles of varying seniority aren’t satisfied with their current jobs, and a mind-boggling 80% of the Indian Workforce are looking for a change. This scary statistic sheds light on the importance of work life balance as the majority of the survey group stated lack of work-life balance as their biggest grouse against their organizations. And justifiably so. Work-life imbalances can trigger a whole range of health conditions that affects your mind and body- anxiety, insomnia, obesity, hypertension, depression, and even cardiovascular disease and diabetes being just a few.
Moreover, it tears you apart from your loved ones, hobbies, and passions- things that truly make life worth living.
So how can both Indian employers and employees better manage stress and work Life balance in the workplace?
5 simple things to do as an Employer to increase employee productivity
1. Run Childcare Services/ Creches
While India is actually one of the more progressive countries when it comes to extending both maternity and paternity leave, with 75% of Indian firms offering days off for new dads and extending 6 months of maternity leave to moms, it still isn’t enough.
This is because gender roles haven’t evolved enough in our country to allow for equal parenting. Women are typically expected and pressured to play the lion’s share of the role when it comes to daily household chores, and taking care of most aspects of parenting- emotional or otherwise. Probably the reason why a whopping 72% women in India expect better work-life balance vis-a-vis 53% of their counterparts in the Asia Pacific.
Introducing a childcare facility can be a sound way of ensuring that the kids are safe and engaged under adult supervision and that both parents are around equally when needed most.
2. Introduce Flexible Working Hours
A recent Quartz article revealed that in Bangalore, the Silicon Valley of India, traffic conditions are so dismal that employees spend an average of two hours in their daily commute, adding up to a mind-numbing 470 hours per employee, per year.
With Flexi-timings in place, employees can avoid peak traffic hours – depending on the area they’re commuting from. Moreover, if they have aged parents or children, they can follow a schedule that enables them to take better care of them and spend more quality time with them. Children can be sent off to school more comfortably, the elders can be given medication or therapeutic care at the optimal time and so on.
3. Initiate a Work from Home Policy
This can especially be a godsend to working parents who loathe to leave their kids unattended. It can enhance the work life balance of working woman as well as increase their productivity; many cannot sustain the of both domestic and professional life and thereby end up abandoning promising careers. Think how tremendously this will help the workforce in striking a balance between work and personal life!
4. Hold Wellness programs such as Yoga, Therapy, Counselling, Team-Building Activities
Yoga, therapy, and counselling sessions can help employees to manage stress and work life balance in the workplace.
Team-building exercises can help the organization function better as a whole than just the sum of parts by increasing synergy among all members. So, it also works as a fantastic time management and work life balance strategy for organisations.
5. Maintain an Inclusive and Holistic Leave Policy
A recent survey conducted by the global specialist recruitment firm Michael Page India shows that work life balance culture is the second most important driver for India’s workforce, even surpassing salary!
A holistic and inclusive leave policy that allows for maternal and paternal leave as well as vacation time prevents employees from burning out, helps them be their best at work and fulfills their need of work life balance.
Remember- the benefits of work life balance in the workplace are multifold for both the employer and the employee. For all stakeholders to thrive and maximise long-term health, happiness and productivity. So, all of us should collaboratively take proactive measures to optimize this elusive but indispensable need of the hour.