Work Life Balance


Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you.

“How can organizations promote work life balance for their employees and create a supportive and productive work environment at the same time?”

I love this question so much.

Organizations out there and those of you who are leaders in organizations, if you want to create an organization that promotes work life balance for your people and create a productive environment at the same time, then do it.

Don’t ask people to stay late. Don’t ask them to work after hours. And if you’re a leader, by all means, don’t be sending them emails and questions after work. Don’t send them to Texas as just a quick question because that will not produce that balance.

Secondly, if you want to produce a productive environment, make sure that you have clarity about what productive looks like. We use the care model in our coaching practice. Clarity, accountability, resources and execution. Are you clear about your expectations? Is there a kind way to create accountability? Do you provide the resources necessary to do it? And is execution not optional? Is not executing not optional?

So what I want you to think about is this Are you modeling what balance looks like when your people go home? Are they free or are you locking them in to a dogma about how long they have to work and what hours they have to be there. And, you know, you dock them their vacation or sick pay because they have to run their kid to the doctor.

Create a culture that says we trust you and then measure their performance. I believe that as their performance goes up, I trust them more and I give them more latitude.

And that’s how you create an environment just like that. I got a little heat around this, you know.

Can you tell? Hope that answer was helpful.

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