A New Frontier at Work: Balancing the Scales for Employee Well-Being

Work-life balance can be a challenge.
Work-life balance can be a challenge.

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We live in an age where the meaning of work-life balance is slowly diminishing. Most workplaces value employees not only for their work, but for their dedication and constant commitment to the job. For many, this means long hours, lots of in-office face time and a relentless, never-ending to-do list.
For those who love their jobs and aspire to climb the corporate ladder, this may be just what they expected; however, as HR professionals, we have an opportunity to lighten the workload. After all, in this day and age, human resources roles go far beyond simply managing unhappy employees. We are responsible for culture, hiring, leadership and promotions, all while maintaining confidentiality. Use these tips to make your workplace (and your life) a little more pleasant.

What is your PTO policy?

Big companies like Virgin Group and Netflix are now famous for their company culture. They both offer unlimited PTO time and even encourage employees to take time off. Virgin founder and CEO, Richard Branson advocates treating employees respectfully by granting them the flexibility to take time off as needed and believes that this respect will be reciprocated in their work.
Rather than restricting your employees with a limited vacation schedule that further ties them to their desk, adopt a policy like these ground-breaking companies. By instilling a sense of trust in your employees, they’re more likely to be loyal and dedicated to your company. And when given the flexibility, it will not be abused. They will still get their work done, and will be happier employees because of it.

Drinking on the job?

We know that, as HR professionals, this goes against everything we’ve been taught. But in a changing world, we often have to do what we can to keep up with the times. In addition to unlimited PTO, many progressive workplaces now boast relaxed dress codes, late start times, open sitting areas and even beer-cart Fridays. Yes, many places now have beer on tap for employees and allow for light drinking on some afternoons.
This coincides again with the idea of trusting your employees enough to know that they won’t drink to the point of intoxication and will instead casually enjoy a drink while working late. To make this more of a fun, special occasion treat, do things like celebrating the end of Mad Men by hosting an in-office Don Draper-inspired cocktail party.

How are you digitally displaying your company culture?

Many companies have outdated websites that don’t display the culture and day-to-day reality of their organizations. However, your website is important for you as an HR professional when hiring, and it’s equally as essential for the sales team when scouring for new clients. If you can’t direct both potential candidates and clients to one place, you’re showing that your company doesn’t put effort into its culture and thus, its employees.
It is essential to have an employment brand that displays who you are as a company. A great example of this is Recruiting.com, a company that builds career sites and helps tell your unique company story. If your main role in HR is hiring, a career site is an excellent way to get qualified candidates in the door because it creates a unique landing place that conveys your work environment and gets them excited to work for your company. This will increase applications and also give you an ATS that keeps resumes, job postings and analytics in one place. If you are not responsible for hiring, make sure that your website has photos of your actual workplace and tells your company story through visualizations. Remember, you have one chance to make an impression.

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