Work-life balance all comes down to flexibility and making work integrate seamlessly with real-life matters. Employers who can allow for versatility will have a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining top talent. In the modern workplace, however, flexibility can take many forms. It’s important for managers to know the needs of their team in order to ensure “flexible working conditions” work well for both employee and employer, at no cost to the organization’s bottom line.
What works for some employees may not work for others. For some workers, flexibility can mean working remotely several days of the week, especially in the instance of child-rearing; and for others, it can mean starting or ending work at particular times of the day to allow for trickier commutes, or passions and hobbies outside of work that keep individuals feeling inspired and human. At the end of the day, those who are granted the freedom to perform on their own terms (within reason) – in ways that will allow for both productivity, but still in alignment with who they are as people, and their unique values – will be happier, healthier, and more loyal.