I’d like to quote Sir Richard Branson’s LinkedIn blog post this week as it touches a subject near and dear to all HR professionals, and is the subject of many a management meeting… happiness in life and work.
“A happy workforce makes for a more successful and productive team.”
HR professionals in Britain are the mostly likely to cite work-life balance as a primary motivation for employees leaving their organisation, that’s according to research by Robert Half International.
The research, which surveyed HR executives across businesses in South America, continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia, showed that almost 29% of respondents from Britain said work-life balance was one of the biggest reasons for employees leaving the business.
What’s the problem?
If a healthy work-life balance is such a motivator of people then it seems that Sir Branson’s outlook is one shared by many. Why then do so many companies find it so hard to instil a little flexibility into the day to day working life?
If an employee needs to take an extra half hour to drop off the kids at school or need work from home to wait for the gas man, they’ll pay the company back in spades, with increased effort as soon as they’re back to their desk. The organisation gets a more productive employee, whilst the individual need not feel the pressure of day to day tasks that get in the way of their work. These mundane problems often distract employees. If managers give a little they’ll get a lot in return, and everybody’s happy!
John is responsible for the motivation division of p&mm ltd and a Director on the board of the IPM. Specialising in developing, implementing and directing many large scale staff motivation, recognition and employee communications programmes.
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