Encouraging employees to leave work on time

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Health Assured team

24 May 2019

Full-time employees in the UK work longer hours than the European Union average, according to data from the Office for National Statistics.


With the busy nature of many organisations today, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of growing projects and increasing deadlines, which results in a heavy workload for employees.


As a consequence of this, employees tend to feel the pressure to go above and beyond, often coming into work early or staying late to complete their projects and tasks.


Whether this is encouraged by employers or not, there are strong and compelling reasons as to why employers should encourage their employees to pursue a healthier work-life balance.


Below we have detailed several suggestions as to how to encourage your employees to maintain a healthy balance between life and work.


Break the stigma

There is often a misguided perception among employees that working longer hours will equate to more work being completed. Whilst logically this should ring true, it often causes the opposite effect. If employees feel the constant strain to work longer hours, it is inevitable that their levels of productivity and the quality of their work will significantly decrease.


In many workplaces, there is a stigma attached to leaving work on time. It is often perceived as an example of not being as committed as others who stay behind to work longer. To avoid this stigma from growing within your workplace, management should make the message clear among their team members - “don’t overwork yourself”.


Delegate tasks

As an employer, you should place emphasis on the importance of delegation. Sharing the workload amongst a team is far more beneficial than stockpiling work on a particular individual. To avoid stress levels from escalating, it is important that employers monitor their employees’ workloads to ensure that each member of staff can perform at their optimum capacity and that they are not feeling the pressure to cope with demanding projects without assistance.


Promote work-life balance

In the absence of a work-life balance, employees run the risk of becoming increasingly sick as they struggle to leave their work behind and give themselves time to relax and rejuvenate before entering another day of work.


Employee absenteeism is one of the most crippling factors to productivity in the workplace. Whilst this is an issue that cannot always be avoided, employers can implement steps (like the ones mentioned in this article) to decrease the likelihood of employees getting sick, particularly when it comes to being burnt out as the result of work stress.


Equally, encouraging employees to continue working whilst being ill will also reduce productivity, as fatigue and burnout will leave them present in body, but absent in mind. Furthermore, employees who come to work sick increase the likelihood that other members of your organisation will become sick, thus causing further strain on the workforce and company resources.


Your employees are the most vital asset within your organisation, so overworking your employees can only lead down one path; that of negatively hurting your company.


Demonstrating a sense of compassion and understanding towards your employees by taking into account their workloads, office environment and happiness will pay dividends in the long run for employee wellbeing and productivity.



If you would like to find out more information on any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact Health Assured on:

0844 892 2493

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