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Why Employee Work-Life Balance Matters and how you can Improve it

But when running a business, although not intentional, it’s understandably easy to focus on the work domain of employees’ lives, forgetting they have a whole other life outside of the office.




However, it is crucial employees achieve a good work-life balance. Not only does it improve their mental health, but it benefits the business too; employees with a good balance are more efficient, productive and motivated.

And while ensuring such a balance isn’t the sole responsibility of employers, you can do a lot to help by establishing supportive policies and realistic expectations.

Work-life balance in the UK
At the moment, it’s fair to say that here in the UK we’re not quite there with the whole work-life balance concept. Around 6.5 million UK employees — that’s around 30% of the working population — describe themselves as unhappy at work, according to research published last year.

The Mental Health Foundation calls the increasingly demanding work culture in the UK “perhaps the biggest and most pressing challenge to the mental health of the general population”. A survey by the foundation on the subject demonstrates why this could be the case: 1 in 3 feel unhappy about the time they devote to work 40%+ are neglecting other aspects of their life because of work

When working long hours 27% feel depressed, 34% feel anxious and 58% feel irritable

Nearly two thirds of employees have experienced a negative effect on their personal life such as a lack of personal development, poor home life and physical and mental health issues

The survey also found that as weekly hours increase, so do feelings of unhappiness. Which feeds into their next finding: the more hours that employees spend at work, the more hours outside of work they are likely to spend thinking or worrying about it… more


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