The Work-Life Imbalance, Part 2

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On Monday, we shared research that showed why employees often feel overloaded and in turn, feel that work is interfering with family life.  If you are a people manager, some things may be out of your control, such as when employees define themselves through work or are in financial need.  However, remember that the research showed that when employees feel swamped, even when not working extra hours, or if the organization expects employees to work all the time, then that eventually leads to stress and distress.

Why should you care?  If you want to retain your talent, then you don’t want your employees to burn out and find another employer.

What can you do if you’re a people manager?  Here are 3 easy things you can implement today:

  1. Clarify roles and responsibilities.  Many employees do work that’s nowhere close to what was in their job description when they started the role.  Make sure they know what you really expect them to do and not to do.
  2. Set realistic, tangible goals.  Establish clear, specific targets with realistic deadlines so they know what really needs to be done.  
  3. Provide frequent feedback.  Sure, you may have a weekly one-on-one or team meeting.  But are you actually reviewing progress on goals, their current workload, and taking a pulse check on how they feel they are performing?  If not, you should be.
But what if you’re not a people manager?  Go ahead and share the infographic below to start a discussion.  Maybe your boss will get the hint on how hyper connected the workplace is and how work has invaded most parts of our lives. 
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