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Create policy guidelines with these pointers
Armed with smartphones, tablets and laptops, we’re all “available” nearly any time of day. Because of this, establishing a healthy work/life balance is an ongoing challenge for employees and employers. As technology increasingly blurs the lines between our personal and professional lives, employers need to establish clear guidelines that give employees space and allow them to integrate their own time with their on-the-clock time.
To address this challenge, labor unions and employers in France recently
agreed on principles that could eliminate e-mail and smartphone use outside the 13-hour window that defines the workday. Some U.S. employers are now requiring junior staff
to take weekends off to make sure those employees have plenty of time to recharge. While these policies have good intentions, they may squelch the need for speed and connection in flexible businesses.
recent polling revealed most employees are eager to meet company goals and don’t want to log off completely at the end of the day. Instead, employers should create guidelines for helping their employees maintain a healthy work/life balance.
Here are 10 ways employers can do this:
Many factors play a part in determining a company’s success. Overall company culture and measurable goals are critical for long-term growth, but maintaining a dynamic workforce means helping employees establish the balance they need. Tech and innovation make life easier for all of us, but ultimately we all have families, personal lives, and ups and downs. No matter what our job is, our humanity—not our technology—defines us. Employers have to start with that understanding in order to create a truly great place to work.
Gary Shapiro is president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), a U.S. trade association representing more than 2,000 consumer electronics companies, and author of the New York Times best-selling books Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses and The Comeback: How Innovation Will Restore the American Dream. His views are his own. Connect with him on Twitter
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