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4 steps to help employees achieve a better work-life balance

June 1, 2021 / Employee Wellbeing Best Practices

Written By: Katrina Hundal

Laundry spinning while on Zoom. Nose in the cupboard for a procrastinating snack. Or donning the comfy PJs at the dining table desk. Yep, these are just some habits remote workers have fallen into. And it’s totally blurring work-life boundaries.

To add to this: longer hours, more sitting, little movement and no holidays…It’s no wonder there’s a rise in burnout and a mental health crisis.

So, how can you support your employees to achieve a better work-life balance?


Lead by example

Top-down. That’s the way change takes place. It’s how organisational culture forms. But top-down doesn’t just refer to your C-suite, although they play a vital role. It’s managers too. So, ask your managers to take the lead and practise what they preach when it comes to healthy behaviours that lead to an optimal work-life balance.  Are they taking holidays of 2 weeks or more? Do they disconnect outside of work hours? Do they make sure to get outside for fresh air?

Learn what else your managers should be doing to ensure a great remote work company culture.


Set boundaries and priorities

No working after 6pm. Unlimited paid leave. Promoting exercise breaks throughout the day. By setting boundaries and prioritising your people’s health and wellbeing, you’ll help improve your employees’ work-life balance. Setting a healthy routine, creating a dedicated tidy workspace and encouraging employees to put aside ‘me’ time are also great ways for your people to get the equilibrium right.

Communicate & encourage flexible working

Many underestimate the power of communication. Yet, there’s never been a more vital time to communicate – especially with social distancing, remote working and increasing isolation. By sending out a clear message for employees to embrace flexible working, you can help your people find a better balance. And make sure you use all methods to get the message across! Verbal, email, intranet, chat. Let working parents know that they can split their shifts to work around family commitments. Encourage employees to make up overtime. And promote working from outside which has also shown to boost employee wellbeing.

Instil a culture of health

Online workout classes. Mental health days. Stand up meetings. All these initiatives can help organisations promote employee wellbeing and work-life balance. But they fail to address each individuals’ health and wellbeing needs and fall short when it comes to unifying your workforce. That’s where a fun workplace step challenge or holistic employee wellbeing platform can help. With a wealth of social features, a library of wellbeing tips and resources, and healthy-habit tracking, it’s the perfect tool for creating a culture of health, where employees are supported to achieve their own health and wellbeing goals, so they can feel and perform their best.

Request information today to learn how Virgin Pulse can help your employees achieve a better work-life balance.

About The Author

Katrina is a Content Specialist based at our Zurich, Switzerland office. It’s not enough for this gal to think locally, she’s determined to make an impact globally. And helping to create fun, healthy workplaces worldwide is her mission. When she’s not busy changing lives for good, you’ll find her doing Bollywood or Samba dancing, having a hit of tennis, or head in the books trying to add another language to her repertoire.

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