Allow Employees To Establish Their Own Priorities

12 March, 2019
By G-Team in Payroll
Gpayroll - employee
For every employee, finding that sweet spot to balance between work and personal life is often challenging. Particularly if the incumbent has family commitments, or perhaps medical conditions to worry about. Of course, there are numerous avenues that companies can provide (or already are providing) to employees to allow them time away from work. This includes provision of annual leave, childcare leave, sick leave or even implementing a flexible work arrangement. However, for companies that have come from a traditional workplace culture where employees are expected to be in office by 9am and not leave until the work is done, shifting towards the modern workplace - whereby flexibility is embraced - can be a major challenge for both employers and employees.

Telling employees, “You know your job best, take off whenever you need to” is certainly much easier said than done. Of course, this creates the impression that employers leave the decision to employees - who are able to determine when is the best time for them to enjoy “me” time or family time. Yet in some scenarios, employees may feel less inclined to take time off. This is where employers should step in to educate employees on managing their priorities between work and personal life.

Instead of tracking when and why employees take personal time off, employers should foster an open communication by allowing employees to take personal time off as and when they need. Additionally, employers can also provide flexible working arrangements, whereby employees can come in to ensure that their work is done before taking their time off. Of course, employers have to also lay down ground rules or set some form of expectations to ensure that employees do get work done before going on leave.

Likewise, organisations can provide training to employees to teach them how to manage between work and personal life, as well as educating them when to say yes to taking personal time off.

There is no doubt that employees want to have the freedom to make their own decisions. However, when they never had that choice before, it can take some time to adjust to it - for both employers and employees alike. However, with proper training and clear expectations set, it will certainly ensure a seamless transition for both employers and employees.