Guide

Promote healthy work-life balance in your business

Advantages of improved work-life balance

Introducing employment policies that encourage a healthier work-life balance for your employees can bring real benefits to your business and your staff.

Work-life balance advantages: employees

A good work-life balance can enable staff to feel more in control of their working life and lead to:

  • increased productivity
  • less instances of sickness and absenteeism
  • a happier, less stressed workforce
  • staff feeling valued and that their personal and/or family life is important
  • improvements in employee mental health and well-being
  • more engaged staff
  • greater employee loyalty, commitment and motivation
  • staff less likely to leave

Work-life balance advantages: business

The benefits of a work-life balance initiative are not confined to just the workforce. Work-life policies and flexible working practices can also benefit your business as you can:

  • lower levels of absence, sickness and stress
  • increase competitiveness and productivity
  • boost staff morale
  • improve customer service
  • help you react to changing market conditions more effectively and meet customer demands through flexibility - for example, shift work, part-time work and flexitime can help you open longer without making your employees work longer hours
  • meet seasonal peaks and troughs in your business
  • lead to more committed and positive attitude in your staff
  • reduce staff turnover and minimise recruitment costs - see control staff turnover
  • become recognised as a business that people want to work for and therefore helping you attract top talent

See how Adventures Day Nursery introduced flexible and family-focused workplace policies.