Here are five things you need to know to model and promote a work-life balance that attracts and keeps top employees:
· Flexibility doesn’t always mean better work-life balance. Remote and part-time workers may experience isolation; or they may spend more time in their off-hours addressing work-related issues via phone, text, email, social media, and other platforms. Look for ways to make these workers feel like part of the team, and encourage them to disengage from work devices when they are off the clock.
· Paid family leave and/or childcare support can seem unfair to other employees. Consider offering benefits such as summer hours and time off for volunteering and career advancement that everyone can utilize.
· Most employees who have access to flexible work arrangements hesitate to use them. Help applicable workers understand the pros and cons of flexibility and help them make the best personal choices and decisions about schedules/shifts.
· Train supervisors to provide emotional and practical support and act as positive role models.
· Ensure a supportive company culture that is person-centered, family-friendly, and inclusive.