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Work-life Balance: How Small Businesses can make it work

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Even though technology was supposed to make our days working a lot easier than they ever used to be in the past, the truth of the matter is we work more than we ever have previously – and certainly work harder, more stressful, and more challenging jobs and tasks at the exact same time.

The work/life balance for most people is completely out of whack, and many folks spend a lot more time at work or in the office than they ever would have expected or anticipated in the past. Many of them get burnt out, feel a lot of extra stress and anxiety, and others have to completely abandon fields that they had a lot of experience and passion for before just because they cannot continue to grind themselves down when they dedicate their lives completely to work.

As a small business owner, it’s important that you do everything you can to support those that help you turn your business into the kind of success that you always imagined it to be. Striking that perfect work/life balance is essential and here are some tips and tricks to help you do exactly that.

Get your team to tell you about the kind of benefits they’d like to take advantage of

For starters, the most important thing you can do is inquire within your staff and your team about the kinds of benefits that they would like to take advantage and about the kind of workplace that they would love to spend the time.

This is the only way that you are ever going to be able to really understand their goals, their desires, and their wishes, and it’s the only way that you are going to be able to create work/life program solutions that actually contribute positively to their day to day lives.

Make flexible scheduling a priority

The 9 to 5 grind is exactly that – a grind – which is exactly why so many people are starting to request flexible scheduling from their employers, and why so many employers are starting to get on board as well.

By setting in stone a mandatory 40 hours, for example, each week and allowing your staff to figure out how they are going to get those 40 hours in each week – allowing them to come in early and leave early, come in late and leave late, as an example – gives them a lot of freedom and a lot more control that they simply would not have had the opportunity to enjoy otherwise.

This alone allows them to work and live life in a much better balance, and productivity – not to mention morale – will shoot right through the roof.

Allow people to work remotely

If you have the opportunity to allow your staff (or even just some of your staff) the chance to work from home remotely without any negative impact to your efficiency or your operation there are a number of huge advantages to doing exactly that.

You’ll save money, you’ll get more motivated employees, and you’ll be able to enjoy much greater success and contentment throughout your team – though you will have to stay on top of things and make sure that you results don’t go down due to giving a little bit of extra freedom.

About the Author

Morris Edwards is a content writer at, he writes different topics like Ways to Save Money for Your Business and New Office Will Prepare Singapore for Increasingly-digital Society and all topics related to Business, Marketing and Company Incorporation in Singapore