encouraging-work-life-balance-in-an-over-connected-worldThe digital transformation has connected us like never before.

No matter our location—home, the beach, or even the subway—we can stay connected to our workplaces. The modern business world moves at the speed of technology, necessitating constant interaction.

On the flip side, this connectivity can exhaust employees. Workers may feel guilty about disconnecting for a while, or they may be resigned to never having another true day off. Our interconnected world makes achieving work-life balance even more challenging. What can you, as a business leader, do to help your employees stay happy and well-adjusted?

Set Disconnect Expectations

Some employees continuously monitor work email and respond to queries because they feel too guilty or even afraid to take a break. As a manager, it’s your responsibility to encourage employees to disconnect once in a while. This is especially true for remote teams that don’t always have the benefit of face-to-face interactions. Give your employees a clear sense of when they should work—and when they should unplug and enjoy other activities.

Provide Opportunities for Autonomy

Flexible work schedules allow employees to be more productive since they can, in theory, work on their own time and terms. Giving your teams some flexibility in their work schedules increases overall efficiency and lets your workers feel valued, boosting your productivity. Take care in executing a flexible work schedule. However—a little planning goes a long way. While employees may like full autonomy in their work schedules, you still have deadlines to meet and projects to complete. Create plans that are achievable, and give everyone an opportunity to maintain a work-life balance, whether they’re prone to underworking or overworking.

Create a Conducive Work Culture

Changes in technology might affect your business’ day-to-day operations, but it shouldn’t have an impact on company values overall. Take a hard look at your company culture and ensure it encourages people to unwind and take time off. Overworked employees make for a stressed team and lead to an increased likelihood for mistakes. Make it clear that vacations and time off are essential to being a good worker. Your primary mode of operation and core business values should not fluctuate, even if the way you conduct business has changed radically in light of the digital transformation.

Be the Example

It’s simple: If your employees see you always working and responding to email, they think you expect them to do the same. To manage people effectively, you too need quality time. Lead by example and disconnect occasionally. Commit to certain times to unplug: maybe you decide not to answer emails on weekends or between certain hours in the evening. Create an automated email response saying you’re out of the office and will respond to queries when you return. Your employees will follow your example, ultimately increasing workplace productivity and happiness.

Achieving a desirable work-life balance is more important than ever. Our businesses are right at our fingertips on our phones and tablets, but we shouldn’t constantly work just because we can. Over-connected employees become stressed and overworked, which can negatively affect a whole unit. Encourage your workers to disconnect, and you do the same. A company that values time away is better prepared to meet deadlines and assure consistent quality than one that’s not.

How do you support your employees’ work-life balance?

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