The infamous ‘Work Life Balance’ and what does it mean?
Why does it seem to be lately that most candidates I speak to, that are actively looking for new opportunities, not because they want an increase in their salary or because they are looking for career progression etc. It is because they are looking for ‘Work Life Balance’.
So, what is ‘Work Life Balance’?
Well that is such a broad question and it means something different to everyone. I think the only universal answer to that is to work in a ‘give and take environment’. Would you agree?
It can also mean flexible working hours, the ability to vary a start and finish time, shorter lunch breaks to attract an earlier finish time, working longer hours to obtain a 9-day fortnight or the ability to work from home. Compensation for overtime and not in a financial sense, the option to have time off in lieu or buy extra annual leave.
Why are people seeking ‘Work Life Balance’ now more than ever?
As we all know, and many people say, life is becoming busier and work is in most cases what usually consumes most of your days, so naturally people seek more balance in their lives. The evolution of technology, with most organisations systems and software now being cloud based, makes it feasible for people to still be able to achieve their work from anywhere. The final and simple last answer is that now more than ever loved ones are becoming a higher priority.
The How. How can you implement and integrate flexible working arrangements in your business?
Firstly, it comes with trust. Your employees must earn trust and trust takes time to build up. You need to also ascertain what fits within your current business structure and culture, would it be a uniformed or individualised arrangement? The next step is to prepare and present a formal ‘Flexible Work’ agreement with the condition that this new policy is based on a trial an error to see what works.
Be open minded. If you are not already flexible with your working arrangements or in the process of discussing or implementing it in your workplace, you are simply behind the rest!
In conclusion, showing your current or new employees that you will support their desire for greater control over their time and finances can help you pull in the best talent.
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As an employee and hiring manager at Foundation Recruitment and a talent resource for many businesses in SEQ, I am fortunate to see and be involved in many different business structures and cultures. If you would like to discuss further you can contact me on 0401 506 087 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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