The average CEO works 62.5 hours per week. With that much time spent working, it’s easy to neglect your personal life in favour of achieving your professional goals.
According to UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, work-life integration is “an approach that creates more synergies between all areas that define ‘life’: work, home/family, community, personal well-being, and health.”
For years the question for you and your employees was one of work-life balance. That implied that as blurry as the line became, there was still a line. On one side was your work, and on the other was your personal life.
Work-life integration is different. The line does not exist. Work-life integration is a mix of how you use time for work and personal life, but it doesn’t need to be a state of both at the same time. Fully enjoy your child’s Christmas event. Make that business call before and after but give your focus to your family during. That’s integration, not distraction. As times change and technology advances, work-life integration must become the norm for forward-thinking organisations to succeed. Work-life integration programs cost less and achieve greater ROI. Here’s why you should work towards work-life integration and how to do it.
- Forget the rigid 9 to 5 working day, embrace flexible working. The reality is that many people who are offered the opportunity of work flexibility will do the same amount of work, but they’ll do it during the time when they’re most productive rather than forcing themselves to be productive from 9–5 each day. Flexible work can mean different things to different companies. Perhaps a company’s flexibility policy includes the option to work remotely, or maybe employees can manage their own schedules. It’s clear that options such as these are now expected by most professionals and embracing them can help attract talent and create a dynamic work culture.
- Cultivate a supportive and trusting environment. A supportive work environment is crucial to creating a productive organisation and increasing employee well-being. Companies with strong support systems have more impactful cultures as a result. In a company with great support, employees feel valued as people and more confident in their leaders. Trust is the foundation for building strong teams, creating a positive work culture and producing results.
- Share your workload and set priorities. We all know that becoming a successful entrepreneur needs hard work, dedication and commitment. The best employers help their employees by providing systems, processes and tools so they can manage the work and priorities effectively.
In conclusion, the perfect balance will most likely never be found, but a harmony through work-life integration is attainable. Flexibility in work schedule, along with the ability to leverage technology, is the preferred way to find a balance and is a trend that is becoming increasingly popular at organisations and sought after by employees. At Global Virtual Partners we believe that work-life integration blends the positive life experiences into the work culture, please contact us to find out more.