Work-Life Balance Programs Fuel Engagement
OUR WORK-LIFE BALANCE programs help your team manage time, stress, devices, distractions, health, and navigate the work-life divide. Whether the challenge is overwhelm, change, low work-life survey scores, or high stress, we support your talent with the latest research tools to help them work smarter and feel valued.
Employees who feel they have good work-life balance work 21% harder than those who don't, reports the Corporate Executive Board. That extra effort is the definition of employee engagement—and the dividend of great morale.
We Can't Control the Wind, But We Can Adjust the Sails
THERE'S AN EXPRESSION in the sailing world: "We can't control the wind, but we can adjust the sails." It's a perfect metaphor for the workplace. We all have a job we have to do. We can't change that.
But how we do that job is where we can build in the adjustments and flexibility that help us manage our responsibilities and restore control to an unbounded world. We can adjust the sails. That's what our work-life programs do, guide your team through the adjustments that make them more effective and able to avoid the behaviors that drive stress and work-life conflict.
What Is Work-Life Balance, Anyway?
WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS A STRATEGY of adjustments to work and life that allows your team to feel their responsibilities on both sides of the work-life hyphen are under control. When you are at work, you can be 100% there, and at home, you can devote full attention to that side.
In a nutshell, work-life balance is about time, and how to use it more effectively. We show your team how to build a better work-life fit with proactive self-management skills that help them navigate competing demands, be more productive, and carve out space on the life side as well.
Our work-life balance training and keynotes guide your team beyond reflex autopilot with the latest science to a work style based on what the data says is more productive, from time management, to stress management, attention management, device management, interruption management, refueling strategies, the most potent motivation, resilience and optimism, and a thriving life outside the office.
Increase Performance and Work-Life Survey Scores
WE OFTEN HEAR FROM CLIENTS when low work-life balance scores on employee surveys show strain, which impacts performance in a host of ways. Studies show that work-life conflict reduces effort and increases absenteeism and turnover (Anderson, Coffey, Byerly). It also drives poor health and energy (Frone, Rusee, Barnes) and fuels stress and burnout (Anderson et al).
Fatigue is a factor in all these problems, the exhaustion that comes from trying to do more than can be done well. Since the chief productivity tool is attention and a refreshed brain, anything that drains mental energy is a productivity loser. The more fatigue, the more performance slips, since it comes out of our hides the next day and the next, the research shows.
Our work-life training stops the drainers and turns up the focus and vitality with solutions that create more effective work practices.
Get Proven Strategies for Employees & Employers
WE PROVIDE PROVEN strategies vetted by the research to solve challenges for both staff and management in an unbounded world. Visit our Work-Life Balance Research page to learn more about the scientific evidence behind work-life balance or check out Joe Robinson's article, "The Scientific Connection Between Work-Life Balance, Productivity, and Engagement."
We also provide you with a system to measure progress and process improvements. Seeing tangible gains is a big leverage point for engagement.
10 Ways to Build Sustainable Work-Life Balance
Our work-life balance training provides strategies to:
|Manage demands, pressure, and pace|
|Control email and information overload|
|Manage interruptions and multitasking|
|Improve time management|
|Develop prioritization and time estimation skills|
|Increase optimism, resilience, and positive emotions|
|Refuel brains and bodies|
|Navigate the work-life divide|
|Improve health and wellness|
|Activate crucial life skills|
SEE VIDEO: Attendees at Joe Robinson's Work Smarter, Live Better program talk about how his strategies helped them with stress management and work-life balance.
Learning Activities That Are Fun and Interactive
THE BEST WAY TO LEARN anything is by doing. Our programs put an emphasis on the interactive and participant side of things. The usual reaction is like the one we got from a manager with the Florida Dept. of Children and Families, "Was that really three hours? We were doing so many things, the time flew by." We offer programs of varying lengths, from keynotes to all-day sessions.
Our group multitasking exercise, from the University of Michigan's David Meyer, one of the nation's top attention experts, illustrates to everyone in 10 seconds how multitasking high-cognitive tasks can't be done. We get a solution that cuts stress and increases focus.
The Importance of Work-Life Balance for Organizations
WHEN DEMANDS AREN'T MANAGED, they manage your team and organization. They steal attention, drive crisis mentality, increase absenteeism and retention problems, health costs go up and job satisfaction goes down. Our programs give your employees the tools to work smarter, get more done with less effort, and increase effectiveness.
There are a host of benefits for the bottom-line when your team feels they have tools to manage overwhelm, stress, and information overload, and other pressures, and feel that their responsibilities are being handled at home as well. As our article on the Top 5 Arguments for Work-Life Balance and the infographic below detail, the benefits come in increased productivity, profits, retention, stress reduction, and engagement.
Employees who are satisfied with their work-life benefits are three times more likely to feel satisfied with their jobs (MetLife).
We Help Your Team Feel Valued
WORK-LIFE BALANCE SIGNALS your team that someone cares, that they are supported in their efforts to manage demands, solve bottlenecks, and improve work-life. When that happens, employees reciprocate with increased commitment and job satisfaction (Beauregard, Henry) and reduced turnover intentions (Aryee, Luk, Stone).
People who think you are looking out for them look out for the team and organization, because they feel valued. They are more willing to go the extra mile, the mark of employee engagement. You can’t command engagement—that has to come from the employee’s discretionary effort—but you can enable it through work-life balance strategies that address core psychological needs, such as competence.
Unleash the Engine of Engagement
THE MAIN DIMENSION of employee engagement is energy or vigor. The brain fatigues well before the body, so we have to keep it recharged on a regular basis just like our smartphones. Your team learns how to do that and also bolster the self-regulation system key to focus, discipline, and impulse control, which is being undermined by the bottom-up attention of devices.
What's Life Got to Do with It?
LIFE SATISFACTION goes a long way toward job satisfaction. They are a team. Life is the engine of our productivity, mental vitality and the attitude we bring to the job.
The Work Smarter, Live Better work-life balance program helps your team refuel those resources during the workday as well as when they get home each night. Recovery strategies after work reduce stress and help people come back to work the next morning minus strain and fatigue and with a more positive attitude, studies show.
Your team learns how to activate the fullest life outside work, unlocking experiences that fuel optimism and satisfaction with a skill-set that is opposite of what's needed at the office. Your group discovers how to initiate quality life experiences, and get family, friends, significant others, and themselves on the calendar.
We can't do anything about 60% of our potential happiness, which is due to genetic or circumstantial factors, but we can control the other 40%, and your team finds out how. This inspirational material gives your group tools to dramatically improve quality of life.
Life's out there if we are.
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