UK employers ‘failing to deliver on work-life balance
Global management consultancy Hay Group released research showing that only half (51 per cent) of British workers think their employer recognises the importance of work life balance.
This is a six per cent fall according to analysis of 600,000 people in the UK.
The study also indicated that 39 per cent of British workers do not think their home and working lives are in equilibrium.
According to Mark Royal, senior principal at Hay Group Insight, organisations that do not have positive policies in place regarding work-life balance should prepare to see the most valuable members of their labour force "either burn out or walk out".
"Introducing tactics such as telecommuting or flexible working from a garden office does help improve engagement and commitment to stay with an employer, but will not be enough to successfully address mounting concerns about workload and poor work-life balance," he commented.
Five ways to master remote working
Asa Bennette in London Loves Business has come up with 5 ways to work remotely from a garden office
1. Care about results, not how many hours staff spend workingMake sure you set very clear targets, goals and expectations so that staff know what they have to accomplish.
2. Catch-up with staffAll that said, as any boss knows, employees can be tempted to slack off if they feel they can get away with it.
3. Make sure your colleagues collaborateYour flexible workers aren’t lone wolves; they work best as a team.
4. Keep flexibility fair for all the teamIt shouldn’t be just for parents but anyone else who feels they could make it work too.
5. Equip your employees with the right tools for the jobThere’s no point allowing your staff to work from home if they have to continuously come back to the office to access the software they need.