Employers urged to address work/life balance of staff

Employers urged to address work/life balance of staff

UK organisations may be pleased to learn that their employees are giving them an extra ten hours of free labour each week.

And while this may be appreciated by company bosses, it does not bode well for employee work/life balance or staff morale, according to a survey by Travelodge.

The study of 2,000 workers across the UK showed that within the last 12 months not only have 72 per cent of staff members done ten hours of free work for their company, many have also put their job ahead of their personal life.

One option companies may consider to tackle the issue is offering flexible working. Increasingly, people are keen to strike the right work/life balance and allowing individuals to carry out their tasks from home, or offering remote solutions, is an effective way to go about this.

In terms of holding meetings, businesses can use a conference call provider to oversee them and make sure they pass off without any complications. Not only will this cut down on the amount of travelling people have to carry out, but it also means employees can be more productive with their time.

Psychologist Corinne Sweet said: "This research is a wake-up call for us to switch off our gadgets and get away from the clutter, pressure and stress of working life. Cramming extra work into an already busy working week shows danger signs of us becoming a nation of workaholics, heading for serious psychological and physical 'burnout'."

And unsurprisingly, 66 per cent of those surveyed had experienced soaring levels of stress, with 33 per cent struggling to get through the working week due to the demands of their job.

On top of this, around 55 per cent of respondents said they had missed a vital family occassion, such as a child or partner's birthday due to work commitments. Even more concerning is that one in ten male workers has missed the birth of a child because of their job.

The bottom line is that employers have a duty to their employees and while it may be tempting to squeeze as much out of them as possible, they should ensure staff members have a proper work/life balance.