Monday, April 12, 2021

Work-Life Balance: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Given the unavoidable stress of life, most people face times when they need assistance. EAPs provide employees access to counseling and other services. Without the aid of EAP counselors, the effects of stress can spiral out of control. Employee assistance programs give individuals the opportunity to seek help and learn the skills necessary to improve their work-life balance. 

Typical EAP Topics:
  • Personal crisis
  • Work stress
  • Finances
  • Substances 
EAPs are useful investments because they prevent turnover and reduce absences as they teach strategies for work-life balance.

Until next time... 


 




Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Monday, March 29, 2021

Work-Life Balance: Ask Employees for Suggestions

Employees have some of the best ideas on how to improve their jobs and the company as a whole. These ideas, however, are not always communicated. Many employees do not feel that people in management care and most managers do not have the time to sit down with each employee. The best way to hear about new, innovative ideas is to create an employee suggestion program. 

Tips:

Make it Simple: Create a simple process for giving suggestions; complicated rules do not encourage creativity.
Respond: Let employees know that you have their suggestions and will consider them.
Thank: Thank each employee who gives a suggestion, even if they are suggestions you do not use. 
Reward: Employees who come up with useful suggestions need to be rewarded.

Until next time... 

 




Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Monday, March 1, 2021

Work-Life Balance: Stress

Work is the main source of stress for most Americans. Stress’ connection to obesity for workers in sedentary jobs is more significant than diet, according to research published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The effects stress on heart health can be deadly.

Signs of Stress:

Overemotional: People under stress can find it difficult to control their emotions.

Lethargy: The physiological impact of stress can cause lethargy.

Restlessness: Stress can make it difficult to focus, causing hyperactivity and restlessness. 

Anxiety: Prolonged stress can cause anxiety disorders.

EMPLOYER RESOURCES

Employers have the opportunity to improve work-life balance for their employees and increase productivity at the same time. Using the resources that employers have at their disposal to change work conditions may seem counterproductive, but they are effective. 

OFFER MORE EMPLOYEE CONTROL

Traditionally, employers set all of the parameters concerning jobs. Keeping all of the control, however, augments stress on employees. Simply offering employees more control over their lives and establishing better work-life balance will help alleviate this stress. Studies show that employee control actually increases loyalty and productivity. 

Ways to offer control:

• Flex time

• Job sharing

• Telecommuting

These are just a few examples of employee control. Anything that empowers an employee to take charge of his or her life offers employee control.

Until next time... 

 




Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Work-Life Balance: Improved Health

It is common knowledge that stress is directly linked to different diseases. Numerous surveys have discovered that work is a leading cause of stress related illness and injury, such as stroke, heart disease, and mental breakdowns. A balanced life will improve both physical and mental health.

How to Improve Health:
  • Awareness: A balanced lifestyle increases personal awareness, allow individuals to identify potential health problems early.
  • Lifestyle: A balanced lifestyle automatically improves health. It encourages healthy choices and helps develop the body and the mind. 
INCREASED MORALE

Work-life balance is an effective tool to increase morale and improve company culture. Employees seek out companies that support healthy work life balance. The only factor more important than balance to job seekers is compensation. According to several surveys, work-life balance improves happiness and overall job satisfaction. Additionally, employees are more invested in companies that support their work-life balance. Work-life balance typically translates to employees who work harder and are more productive.

SIGNS OF AN IMBALANCE

The signs of imbalance are unmistakable. We see people suffering from poor health, burnout, and stress every day. For companies, this increases costs in the form of absenteeism, health costs, and turnover. If you recognize these signs in your life or your organization, take action immediately and focus on work- life balance.

Health Risks

Imbalance promotes poor health. Over time, this can lead to devastating, and possibly life changing consequences. More companies are taking an interest in the health and fitness of their employees. It is now in an organization’s best interest to do so. Healthy employees are productive, absent less, and their health care costs less. 

ABSENTEEISM

Poor health increases employee absenteeism and thus is a costly problem for employers. There are hidden and direct costs that must be paid when an employee is absent from work. 

Cost of Absenteeism:
  • Sick pay: Employees with sick days are still paid, which is a direct cost.
  • Loss of productivity:: Even with someone to work the position of the sick employee, the employee familiar with the job will be more productive. This is an indirect cost of sick days.
While most people who take time off are legitimately sick, stressed employees will take days off to catch up with personal obligations, and they usually feel justified doing so. 

BURNOUT

Most people know that overworked employees eventually burnout. Burnout is the physical and psychological response to long-term stress. 

Until next time... 

 




Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Work-Life Balance: Increased Productivity

While it may seem counterintuitive, work-life balance can actually increase productivity. While it is true that overtime will initially increase production, the surge only lasts a few weeks before taking a destructive toll on productivity. In fact, working long hours for an extended time period will lead to exhaustion and unhealthy habits that decrease productivity. 

Shorter work hours will actually increase productivity in the long-term. Additionally, studies show that people who take short, frequent breaks are more productive than people who only take a single break or work all day. Most people recommend taking a few minutes each hour to regroup. 

Ways to Increase Productivity:

  • Take healthy breaks: You should take time to refresh yourself. Try stretching, walking, or meditating throughout the day. This will also improve your health and overall well-being. 

  • Take enjoyable breaks: A study by Don J.Q. Chen and Vivien K.G Lim of the National University of Singapore discovered that taking a few moments to surf the internet and mentally change gears actually increases productivity. This fun activity increases productivity by nine percent.

  • Take time off: Working to the point of burnout is not productive or healthy. Do not lose vacation days, even if you have to spread them out. Studies show that people who take their vacations are much more productive than those who do not. 

Until next time... 

 




Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Work-Life Balance Risks and Benefits

Work-life balance is essential to combat stress, ensuring both individual and company success. The stress associated with unbalanced lifestyles is costly; it damages productivity and increases individual health risks. Employees who have the tools to balance their professional and personal lives are happier, healthier, and more productive. In addition to improving performance, many younger employees place a high value on work-life balance. Companies that include work-life balance as part of their culture will be able to better attract qualified candidates.

BENEFITS OF A HEALTHY BALANCE

Understanding the benefits of a healthy balanced life will motivate anyone to make necessary changes. Balance will improve the lives of individual employees as well as the company culture. Learning the basics of work-life balance will also increase employee productivity, health, and morale.

A healthy balance between work and home should be a priority for everyone. Implementing proper work-life balance offers many important benefits. There are, however, many hazards linked with an unbalanced work and home life. 

Risks
  • Poor Health: Working long hours without taking time to relax will take its toll on health.
  • Unresolved Conflict: A lack of balance can create conflicts at work and at home.
  • Poor Performance: Taking on too much responsibility will lead to exhaustion and cause performance to suffer.
  • Financial Loss: The impact on health and productivity takes a financial toll on both individual employees and organizations.
Benefits
  • Fulfillment: People who successfully implement work-life balance improve their sense of fulfillment at work and at home.
  • Health: A healthy work-life balance decreases the risk of heart disease and other health problems. 
  • Greater Productivity: Being relaxed and well rested increases productivity and improves work performance.
Until next time... 

 




Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP



Saturday, December 26, 2020


Happy New Year!

Rather than "recycling" past New Year's Resolutions, 
set SMART goals and achieve them in 2021.

Here is a template to get you started: https://tools2succeed.com/documents/Goals.pdf 

Our very best wishes for a happy, healthy & successful 2021.

Until next time... 


 




Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP