Employers can support their staff to achieve work life balance in a variety of ways, but also at no or very low cost. The ability to eliminate the financial burden creates the opportunity for more organisations, particularly small or not-for-profit employers to implement work life balance support for their workforce.
Some examples of no or low cost strategies you could implement are outlined in the table:
|Flexible Working Hours||$0||Flexibility when working hours are completed means that there are no additional costs incurred as employees perform the same number of hours.||An employee starts early and finishes early to avoid the peak hour traffic (saving an hour every day in time spent in traffic).|
|Work from Home||$0 (some initial IT costs may be required)||The option for staff to work from home, may require some IT setup initially, however in the long-term should work from home become more accessible this may lead to savings of costly office space (plus environmental benefits due to less traffic on our roads).||An employee works from home every Friday.|
|Leave Without Pay||$0||The ability to offer leave without pay does not have any direct cost to the employer. This may be a single day to a year long period of absence. Whatever the length, this no-cost option demonstrates the commitment to accommodate an employee’s needs, whilst also retaining great talent (in the instance of longer term absences).||An employee may want to go on a 6 month overseas trip and when the return, they will be able to come back to their role or a similar type position.|