In our past blog, we discussed the negative impact today’s work life environment can have on the American worker. In this installment, we’ll discuss options for mitigating these issues, and uncover the whys, specifically:
- Long hours
- Low pay
- Unreasonable workload (The #1 stressor)
- Unrealistic deadlines
- Work-life conflict
- Demanding bosses
Feel like your hands are tied?
The CDC recently declared workplace wellness a “vital piece of a healthy lifestyle.” Alone and in partnership with healthcare providers, companies nationwide are attempting to address the dangerous epidemic and toll of workplace stress. How?
- Band aids.
Some research suggests therapies like in-office meditation and yoga can help. However these programs do little at addressing the root causes of burnout.
- Creative problem solving.
In one NIH study, a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) was engaged with stunning results. Participants determined freely when/where/how they worked. All that mattered? Job completion. After giving 6 months of flexibility and control to workers:
- Work-family conflict reduced.
- Workers felt more in control of time, gaining an extra hour sleep nightly.
- Employees felt less likely to leave jobs, reducing turnover.
- Workers more freely visited the doctor when necessary.
- In short, workers thrived and became more engaged in their work when given autonomy.
How can you employ these practices?
While you may not be able to adapt to that much workplace flexibility overnight, you – like other companies such as Netflix, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon and Goldman Sachs – can be part of the change with:
• Paid maternity leave.
The U.S. is 1 of 2 countries in the world that do not offer guaranteed, paid leave.
• Offering flexible family leave programs...
Up to 6 weeks.
• Paid vacation time.
The U.S. is the only advanced economy that does not guarantee paid vacation to workers.
• Decreased “tele-pressure.”
A major source of physical/mental burnout. Don’t expect workers to always be “connected,” responding instantaneously to emails and texts. Stop blurring the boundaries between work and home.
• Using technology to benefit your employees – not just your business.
Many could easily offer employees, work-from-home tele-commuting.
• Be the change
Support these employee management tips and policies with open-arms, demonstrating them as new norms rather than quietly dissuading them, and your employees – and your business – will rapidly reap the rewards of becoming part of the driving force changing corporate culture.
Shine a little light on your employees – and your reputation – with the help of these and other employee management tips from Minnesota Comp Advisor today.