With buzzworthy phrases like “Quiet Quitting”, “the Great Resignation”, or “the Great Reevaluation” making media headlines, there is no denying the importance of work-life balance; now more than ever before. What work-life balance looks like will vary from person to person, and even from organization to organization. Continuously determining the needs of employees and creating initiatives will aid in overall recruitment and retention of employees by promoting stability and thus, engagement.
What is work-life balance?
When it comes to work-life balance, one size does not fit all. Nor is there a one-time fix. Factors such as generations within the workplace, culture, family needs, and socioeconomic status all contribute to work-life balance. In addition, work-life balance goes both ways. Not only can work spill over into your personal life, but personal life can also spill into your work life. Work-life balance aims to reduce stress and promote long-term stability via the maintenance of overall health and well-being. It is about determining the perfect ratio of time and actions that you want to do, should do, and need to do, so that you can be 100% you!
What is Resilience?
Organizational resilience goes beyond traditional risk management. It is an all-encompassing action that not only allows a business to continue, but to be successful and adaptive. A resilient organization encourages positive results and communicates with employees effectively amidst change and fluidity.
Well-being and Resilience
Well-being is a key driver in resilience in the workplace and should be viewed as a long-term investment versus a cost. Organizations that have made a commitment to the health and well-being of their employees are seeing a return on investment via retention, increased productivity, improved attendance, and an overall more positive working environment. It is also important that leaders adopt and exemplify wellness themselves by living and fostering wellness values by understanding employees’ expectations and needs and responding with programs that effectively address them.
Without work-life balance and resilience, employees will lack the imperative balance necessary for their well-being and experience symptoms of burnout. From this, the phenomenon of “Quiet Quitting” is born. It can come in many forms- from setting boundaries to disengagement from the role and/or organization. It is important that employers try their best to get ahead of how their employees are feeling to ensure that they have what they need to be connected and engaged at work while allowing them space to take care of themselves outside of work.