12 Feb 2024

6 ways managers can support work-life balance

The days when success was measured by the number of hours spent in the office are long gone. Modern workplaces recognise the importance of prioritising employee wellbeing to foster a positive work culture and drive sustainable performance. Managers play a pivotal role in creating a healthy environment where work-life balance is encouraged and actively supported. Here’s how:

  1. Lead by example: Managers must prioritise their own wellbeing and set boundaries between work and personal life to become role models for their teams.
  2. Understand individual needs: Managers should proactively engage with their employees to understand their unique commitments and challenges outside of work, fostering open communication and flexibility.
  3. Implement supportive policies: Managers should advocate for practices that promote work-life balance, such as flexible work arrangements, remote options and discouraging overwork or presenteeism.
  4. Encourage time off: Managers should encourage employees to utilise their holiday allowance and prioritise taking time off to recharge and avoid burnout.
  5. Flexible scheduling: Managers can encourage employees to create personalised schedules that align with their peak productivity hours or to accommodate personal commitments, outside of core requirements.
  6. Set communication boundaries: Managers should avoid sending late-night emails and discourage non-urgent messaging outside of regular working hours.

Supporting work-life balance isn’t a trend; it’s a smart business strategy that leads to a more loyal, engaged and more productive workforce. Find out more about how we can support wellbeing in your workplace here.