Five Ways to Promote Work Life Balance

The Great Balancing Act

By Miranda Kitterlin, Ph.D. Assoc. Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, FIU | March 12, 2017

This article was co-authored by Lisa Cain

Co-authored by Dr. Lisa Cain, Assistant Professor, Florida International University

How would you like to decrease employee satisfaction, decrease employee performance, increase burnout, and encourage employee turnover?

Not very appealing?

Well, the good news is that there are some relatively easy ways to make your employees happier, more loyal to your organization, and thus more likely to perform well and stick around. The secret: work-life balance.

Before we jump into our tips for improving work-life balance in your organization, we must first define what we mean by "balance." When you think "balance", you probably think 50/50 or a scale with equal weight on each end. However, that is not often what most people find to be balance as this is a concept highly subjective to the individual. While devoting 50 percent of one's energy to work and 50 percent to all things outside of work may be balance to some people, most people fall somewhere else along the spectrum.

For some an acceptable balance may constitute devoting 20% of their efforts to work and 80% to the home sphere. For those who identify as workaholics this may be reversed, with 80% of energy devoted to work and 20% to the home sphere. Work-life balance is contingent upon the person; it is not a fixed measurement. That is what makes providing it as an employer so challenging. It would be much easier to offer fixed solutions for providing work life balance to employees if everyone felt a sense of balance by devoting the same amount of effort to the work realm as the life realm. Alas, such is not the case.

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