Have you been dreaming of a greater work and life balance? Are you overworked, stressed and cannot distinguish between home and work?
We all strive for improved work and life balance, as to better enjoy our times out of the office, breathe easier due to less stress and increase productivity for greater achievement. Such balance is a wonderful goal, yet it isn’t easy to achieve, especially when employer and employee aren’t communicating properly on the matter.
Whether we like to admit it, the boss and worker are in a relationship and must understand and know what is expected of each other in order to find an employer employee balance of needs. The following are work communication areas that aren’t necessarily spoken about out loud yet are a necessity for a greater balance between work and life.
Communication tips for employer and employee:
- Unavailable times: whether during work hours or off, if something important is up in the air, employee should notify an employer when they won’t be available. This can assist to find another solution, assess whether it can wait and simply make sure the expectations are in check.
- Appropriate times of contact: your employer may like to work at 2am, but it may not be your cup of tea. In case it isn’t a known fact, and you receive items during inappropriate times and are expected to answer, you two need to discuss so.
- Learn to say No: this isn’t intended in a negative sense. Unfortunately, many times we take on more than we can carry, ending up with an unproductive process, below par results, let downs, as well as a lowered feeling of self-worth. As we’ve heard through our life, we need to pick our battles, and when a task is offered, it must be assessed whether it is feasible, within your goals/objectives, and if it is a must that you take it upon yourself. If it isn’t a match, don’t say Yes just to be nice.
- Lead by example: employers and managers must respect others’ times, project schedules and availability. We all work at a different pace, but we attempt to deliver per requests, even if they aren’t in line with our own timetables and capabilities. If a boss emails at 4am, an employee may feel the need to also be ‘always on’ even though there isn’t a need. In such a case for example, an employer could work regularly, yet the requests won’t need to be delivered until ‘employee’s hours’, so the employee receives it during his/her “on” time without any potential hard feelings.
- Contact during vacation only if there is an emergency. Prior to an employee taking their vacation, tasks due must be completed along with directions, priorities, summaries etc. of items that may arise, so the business can continue while they are away. Everything should be lined up appropriately so while on vacation, the employee is off, avoiding work stress and may rest to come back stronger than ever. So no contact should be made unless there is an emergency.
- Update managers on your well-being: your employer is just as busy, so they aren’t always aware of how you are feeling at every given hour. It is your duty to update them if you are exhausted, overwhelmed, incapable of attending a task etc. Per the case and capability, a solution can be sought out with any open tasks: delegation, rest time, assistance, etc.
- Virtual meetings: this is a no-brainer. If you are able to have a meeting over the web instead of having to come onsite…then save the time and meet online.
Have you spoke on any of these areas with your employer or employee? Are there other areas which are a must to reach that dream of a work and life balance? Please share.