The topic of work/life balance has been discussed for a couple of decades now. Employees want to feel like they have a life outside of their job, while employers still want the best out of them. For employees, finding a work/life balance can be the difference between total burnout and success. Whether you have a routine for a great start to the week or switch off your phone and computer after a certain time, finding a balance can be great for your productivity and career. Burnout As mentioned already, burnout is a huge factor nowadays. With the internet, laptops, and smartphones being available everywhere, many people find it difficult to escape the stress and effort associated with work. Being able to keep work at the office or at your desk is the best way to avoid burnout. Setting times to turn off your computer or stop replying to emails will give you a chance to get away from work. This will then keep you motivated and driven when you start the next day again. Less Stress Less stress means employees are happier and healthier every time they step into the office. They are more than likely going to be in a good mood, more likely to be motivated, and also more likely to be better communicators and helpers around the office. More Sleep = More Motivation Another issue that many people face is sacrificing sleep to work. A lack of sleep makes almost everyone less productive and also contributes to getting sick more often, lacking drive, and not getting work done as quickly as usual. Being able to get a full seven or eight hours of sleep helps you feel refreshed and ready for the day. This, in turn, helps you to become more motivated and more likely to take on and finish extra tasks. Positivity in the Workplace When employees are feeling good, the office becomes fun and a great place to be. A positive work environment is developed through employees having the things mentioned above; more sleep, less stress, and more motivation. Positivity builds productivity, as happy employees are more likely to work harder and better. Better Mental Health Better mental health has proven to improve almost every aspect of someone’s life. They are better parents, friends, employees; the list goes on. In the workplace, better mental health is achieved by allowing employees time off when needed or as a way to lessen stress. Having a work/life balance grants people this time to reset and then come back the next day in a better headspace. Less Sick Days When you combine having less stress, better mental health, and more sleep, you inevitably end up feeling healthier and therefore take fewer sick days. Many studies have shown that people who are overworked or suffer burnout are more likely to get sick. If employees are able to get enough sleep and personal time, they are more likely able to look after themselves better, go to the gym, eat healthier meals, find ways to de-stress, etc. This leads to healthier employees who don’t take many sick days. Better Internal Communication Another byproduct of having happier and healthier employees is that there is much better internal communication. No matter how big or small a business is, employees being able to communicate effectively with each other is a must. Better communication also leads to employees helping each other and knowing when there is a problem sooner. This means solutions can be found quicker, and productivity can be improved and sped up. Better Performance During Peak Times While this doesn’t apply to all businesses, having a great work/life balance makes employees perform better during peak times. Servers, bartenders, or similar employees will often face increased pressures and work during a particular time of day or year. If employers are able to manage shifts and hours properly, they will have employees who are not only more willing to work but will work harder and more consistently over the peak period. Employees Will Love Work More This is a simple one, but if employees don’t feel like their job takes up all of their time, they will usually enjoy it more. Having a positive relationship with your job means you are less likely to do the bare minimum because you “have to”; instead, you do more because it doesn’t feel like a chore or something you do non-stop.