After lockdown resulted in the largest work from home experiment we’ve ever seen, it became clear that our current workforce was ready for a much-needed upgrade. As most companies are now heading towards a hybrid workplace setup, it is vital to take the work-life balance into account to ensure the right improvements are being made.
The hybrid workplace has a lot of potential. It gives employees the opportunity to be more flexible and work with their personal schedules. In addition, it also reduces travel time and CO2 emission which, of course, is great for the environment. And perhaps most importantly, employees manage to be equally, and in some cases even or more, productive.
However, there are a number of downsides to working in this new setup. Employees have reported feeling isolated, more stressed and missing the social interactions that we need as human beings. Training of new staff members, or mentoring colleagues, also brings new challenges along the way. Not to forget, the so-called zoom fatigue; the overuse of virtual platforms of communication in particular video conferencing to meet other colleagues remotely for staff meetings. So if you are struggling, or feeling overwhelmed by these changes, you are not alone (but don't worry I can help!)
So what is work-life balance? Why is it important? And what small changes can we make to make this easier?
Susanne Grant is an Award-winning Work-Life Balance Integration Expert, Intuitive Business Coach & Consultant and International Bestselling Author of the book “Drop The MF Struggle”. She helps organisations reduce stress-related absence costs, increase job satisfaction and performance.