Research has shown that work-life balance leads to high work performance, increased organizational commitment and a stronger job satisfaction. But, does having a higher perception of work-life balance means that you automatically take care of your well-being?
To start, let’s talk about what is work-life balance and well-being at work!
Those are two trendy topics and we see them all over social media. But do you really know what it is?
Work-life balance (or work-nonwork balance) has a few slightly different definitions in the organizational literature. It’s considered to be the engagement in work and nonwork roles producing an outcome of equal amounts of satisfaction in work and nonwork life domains, but also the tendency to give all aspects of life attentiveness and care.
This way, we can consider that if you feel like you have time to enjoy your hobbies, your family and work, you’d feel balanced. In fact, work-life balance is satisfaction and good functioning in work and nonwork roles with minimum role conflict.
Nowadays, and after much research on this topic, big organizations take it into great consideration. This is done by adjusting work schedules, facilitating workers with kids, by providing gyms or a gym membership, etc. And that’s already amazing and every company should care about their employees’ satisfaction and work-life balance. After all, it does lead to a higher performance not only for the employee but also for the organization.
As a result, research has also been focusing on employees’ well-being and psychological health in the workplace.
Employee well-being represents the physical, mental and emotional facets of employee health, actively acting to affect individuals. Specifically, research has focused on constructs such as general physical health, general mental health, stress levels and motivation. Although, organizational climate also plays a role in it!
This way, we can argue that even if your workplace is doing everything right in order for employees to have a good work-life balance, there is still a chance the employee well-being is not being taken care of.
A recent study has demonstrated that over 53% of workers believe they are closer to burnout than they were five years ago.
Therefore, well-being is a necessity.
But let’s keep positive and hope that with this trendy topic change will come in the workplace! Some organizations are already trying to keep their employee’s well-being a priority and have put in place some great well-being programs. Hopefully, this is the future of all companies!
What about you, what are you doing for your well-being?