Employees’ lives are becoming increasingly absorbed by their working environment. This has to do with the fact that social media and all of the other technologies that are integrated in everyday work life remain omnipresent beyond normal office hours.
The average employee spends more than a quarter of their day answering emails, whether it’s in or out of the office. In the 21st century, we are able to receive messages and emails, both private and work-related, anytime anywhere on our smart phones. And let’s be honest: Who doesn’t get the urge to read them and respond as quickly as possible, no matter whether it’s already after 6 PM or on the weekend?
A little confirmation of a meeting date here, a returned call or a glance at a file there – everyone takes work home with them, more or less consciously, instead of letting it wait for the next day at the office.
Many people are of the opinion that it’s impossible to reconcile a successful professional life with fulfilling family and leisure time – trying to manage a real balance between work life and private life seems to be like chasing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Perhaps one solution would be to take a deliberate approach to cutting down on things. For instance, some companies deactivate all of their email inboxes outside of their official office hours. The reasoning behind such a move is simple: If you can’t see an email, you can't respond to it. And when there is nothing left to be done, all you are left with is free time, and free time means relaxed and employee motivation in the workplace.
Going about things in a totally clear, clean and minimalist fashion is easier said than done, but when the first attempts to do so begin to make themselves felt within the company culture, everyone will start to be more considerate of others’ needs and the working environment will soon be more pleasant.
Your task: think simpler!
- Think about which steps in your company’s work evaluation template frequently lead to frustration for you and your coworkers or employees and try to come up with potential improvements together.
- When integrating new work tools, make sure that they are as self-explanatory as possible and that they function simply. It’s much more relaxed for your staff to have to adjust to such tools than to be forced to use programs with steeper learning curves.
- Establish clear boundaries between work and private time for yourself and your employees.
- Inform yourself about ongoing measures to improve company culture that other companies have taken, such as Google.
Each year, Deloitte brings you the “Global Human Capital Trends.” Over 3,300 companies from 106 countries are surveyed and the result is a comprehensive understanding of the most important trends and changes in the field of human resource management of the year. This year, there are 10 trends which you can read about here. But what do these trends mean concretely? What changes do they bring about and, especially, what benefit do they have for my company and how can I implement them?
Week by week we will take a deeper look at one of the trends and summarize the most important lessons for you.
10 Weeks – 10 Trends – Many Changes