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Work-life Synergy, What Is It and Why Is It Important?

June 15, 2022 / Reading Time: 3 minutes /
Jenny Sibbald

As we transition and slowly overcome the effects of the pandemic it’s obvious that our personal values come to the forefront of how we want to live our lives. We all seem to have got a sense of what is truly important to us as individuals and with organisations like https://bcorporation.uk/ encouraging businesses to focus on people and the planet it could be time to change the workplace rule book. 

The easiest way to encourage change is to start with ourselves. Gone are the days when people are happy to work to pay the bills, Millennials confidently work to live and do not live to work. They want careers to fit in with their lives and individuality. Gen Z wants work which is meaningful. Working life is becoming more about satisfaction and success and less about ticking boxes and making profit.

“Let’s change the mindset.”

For years we have been talking about trying to achieve a work-life balance, trying to be the best versions of ourselves in the workplace and in our personal lives. This indicates that you have to fully focus on the different versions of yourself separately in order to achieve balance, which can make the theory feel unreachable. 

Rather than staying in this exhausting loop there are steps we can take to harmonise the two to become our best selves- period. 

“There is more than just work and personal life.” 

It’s time to step away from the either/or way of thinking and recognise that it’s possible to create synergy.

Work-life synergy takes the pressure from individuals trying to navigate through each day and allows leaders to support their team. Doing so will help mental wellbeing and job satisfaction which ultimately benefits businesses with an increase in productivity, creativity and loyalty. 

Employers need to do more, offering hybrid or distributed working is no longer enough so stop spending time debating it (it’s now expected!) Focusing on people and supporting them though life changes can be far more valued. Places such as Patagonia provide on-site daycare and it’s becoming more common for workplaces to offer flexible working, on site food and some even provide their own gyms.

 

Embracing differences. 

Understanding your people has huge benefits and being known as a business who does so will lead to a diverse applicant pool which in turn creates a successful team. It’s good practice to check in with team members during key parts of the employee lifecycle; you can do this via 121’s or short surveys. 

Leaders who show empathy, offer open conversation and encourage team members to find what work-life synergy means to them makes the workplace more inclusive and supported as it will mean something different to people from different industries, stages of life and from different backgrounds. 

“Simply, it is achieved when employees have more control over their lives professionally and personally.”

Encouraging team members to think about what their work-life values are can help them understand what synergy could mean to them as it gives you direction in the areas you enjoy and you start to apply that to the work you do. Simple examples could be:

Creating a rhythm to work can help people prioritise, for example at Clicky we have “Library Time” every Tuesday and Thursday between 9am-12pm and staff find it comforting to know that no meetings will be booked during this time. 

Training could be a great tool to help change the mindset, learning more about teamwork and delegation can help you create boundaries and guard your time more effectively (these skills can equally work in personal life too!)  

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