3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Forget About Employees’ Personal Lives
March 24, 2015
Being a manager is not an easy task. Managers often have to be savvy multitaskers, not only keeping up with their own job assignments, but also supervising other people.
It gets time-consuming and often difficult to keep up with all these tasks, which is why some supervisors simply focus on work, and forget that employees are actually people with their own personal lives.
While all bosses should expect their staff members to concentrate on office-related assignments at work and leave their personal obligations at the door, sometimes the two can intermix as private and work life can’t always be kept separate.
Those employers that forget to offer a good work-life balance can see that strategy backfire in the ways outlined below.
Overworked Staff – Many jobs require a big time commitment from all workers. Some individuals work long hours every single day, while others have busy periods with days, weeks or even months of endless work. While this is understandable and can happen at any workplace, managers need to be extremely diligent to remember that all employees, whether single or married, have a life outside the office. During busy times it is especially important to make sure workers are taking care of themselves and their personal obligations. Try strategies such as offering a flexible schedule where employees can take some remaining work home, or trade schedules to ensure that everyone gets a break while someone else is covering the office.
Unhappy Staff – Aside from being overworked and exhausted, people whose managers don’t offer a good work-life balance can simply be unhappy. Most people work to make a living, and even though they are angry at a policy, they will still come to work. However, their attitude will likely shape their demeanor and efficiency at work. When workers don’t feel cared for by their managers, they usually don’t try their best at work to perform their duties, and only do the bare minimum to keep their jobs. Remember to be mindful of your staff’s outside responsibilities and be flexible to providing time off on a necessary and acceptable basis.
High Staff Turnover – One of the issues that hinders a productive office is a high staff turnover. The constant process of having employees leave, and then taking the time to find and train new staff members, causes a decline in efficiency and disrupts the office culture. However, this is one of the disadvantages of forgetting that employees have personal lives outside the office. Unfortunately, when individuals find that that work takes up all their time, and they are not able to keep up with personal obligations, they tend to look for other forms of employment that would provide more of a work-life balance.
No matter how busy you are, or how much work needs to get done, it is important to treat employees fairly and honour their personal time. It is vital to assess the functionality of the department; if staff is always working overtime, perhaps more help is required.
Or, a restructuring needs to happen to promote employees’ strength and match them up with more fitting responsibilities. Remember to be flexible and accommodating to make sure your subordinates don’t feel suffocated with work duties.