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January is officially ‘Get a Balanced Life Month’ – a time to reflect on your work responsibilities and home life, and make positive changes to ensure you’re getting the most out of both. Here, the Occupational Healthcare experts at YourGP explore why this is a good time for employers to assess their own workplace culture, and advise on the best ways to create a balanced working environment for all.
New year, new career?
Records show January is the most popular time of year for job changes. There are various reasons behind this – some employees may prefer to wait until the New Year to move on to another role in order to avoid any potential stress over the Christmas holidays. Others may have used the Christmas break as a time to reflect on what really matters to them and what they want to achieve in their career. The New Year is often seen as a fresh start to make it happen.
The true cost of staff turnover
There are of course some benefits to team members moving on to roles elsewhere. An employee leaving can free up space for a new person to join the team and bring innovative ideas, valuable experience, and positive energy to the table. However, a high level of staff turnover is usually indicative of a problem and that changes to the workplace environment are required. As well as causing significant disruption to the workplace and affecting the morale of the whole team, staff turnover also has a potentially huge monetary cost:
A happy team is a productive team
It therefore makes complete business sense to ensure your team is as happy in their role and comfortable within their working environment as possible. Not only will they be less likely to move on, they’ll also be:
So it really does pay to invest in the happiness of your team by creating a balanced work culture.
Creating a balanced work culture
An employer who values a healthy work / life balance and demonstrates that every day to their team will help to create a better working environment for all. It all starts with leading by example:
If you would like further information on how to create a happier, more balanced worklife for your team, get in touch with YourGP’s team of Occupational Health specialists on 0131 225 5656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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