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Friday, December 22, 2017

Lean Quote: Everybody Wins With a Healthy Work-Life Balance

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"We believe in work+life, not work vs. life." — Dharmesh Shah, HubSpot

No matter what career you’re in or how many additional commitments you have, creating a healthy balance between work and play is absolutely essential when it comes to leading a happy and productive lifestyle. But it’s not always easy – especially if you have a particularly demanding career.

A good work/life balance can enable employees to feel more in control of their working life and lead to:

  • increased productivity
  • lower absenteeism
  • a happier, less stressed workforce
  • improvements in employee health and well-being
  • a more positive perception of you as an employer
  • greater employee loyalty, commitment and motivation
  • a reduction in staff turnover and recruitment costs

The benefits of a work-life balance initiative are not confined to just the workforce. Work/life policies and flexible working practices can also help you:

  • react to changing market conditions more effectively and meet customer demands - for example, shift work, part-time work and flextime can help you open longer without making your employees work longer hours
  • meet seasonal peaks and troughs in your business
  • boost your competitiveness
  • become recognized as a business that people want to work for

By providing enabling work environments, organizations can help employees accomplish work tasks as efficiently as possible, leaving more time to attend to personal responsibilities.

The message for company leaders is that many of the same factors that are associated with a more engaged and effective work force also lead to work environments where employees are more positive about stress and work-life balance issues.

The bottom line? Work life balance can help you increase revenue, cut unnecessary expenses, and improve your organization's reputation.

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