Josh Gibson, an executive coach and consultant and former MD, helps clients develop effective management skills. One element of management Josh Gibson encourages in clients is a healthy balance between one's professional and private life.
Work-life balance difficulties can occur at all employee levels of a company, from entry-level workers to CEOs. Both managers and employees need to work to create an effective balance.
Work-life balance needs to be tailored to individual employees. A wide range of options for perks and benefits can help employees take better advantage of the ones available, especially if encouraged to consider what they're looking for and what work-life balance means to them.
Communication between both sides plays an important role in establishing this balance as a priority. Managers should be ready to actively promote programs like remote work or flexible schedules, and should include these topics in conversations with current staff as well as new hires.
Finally, managers should do their best to lead by example. Managers who turn work into tedium or routinely work extra hours will often see that behavior mimicked by employees.
Josh Gibson is a former psychiatrist who now works as an executive coach and consultant.