Healthcare professionals are among the 80% of desk-less workers who don’t have access to the same communication tools as desk workers. One of the key elements of a strong company culture is communication, but are desk-less workers missing out on this? Email, video and company portals are integral mechanisms in facilitating connectivity. Although desk-less workers—healthcare professionals, construction […]
NOTES: How To Keep A Strong Company Culture For Desk-Less Workers
Desk-less workers will include healthcare professionals, construction workers, retail employees, manufacturing and transportation workers, and they make up over 80% of the total workforce. But how can companies ensure these types of employees feel included and informed?
Workforce management systems have played a large role in making communication easy and accessible for all employees and business leaders. For example, fatigue management systems monitor hours worked, tasks performed, breaks taken and time off scheduled to flag employees that may be at risk of becoming fatigued.
These workforce and workplace management tools allow for employees to stay in contact with their managers and business leaders. They also enhance the employee experience by allowing them to feel connected.
Step Away: As an employee or employer, recognize that stepping away (for a break) can increase productivity in the long run. So take that holiday without any guilty feeling.
Check In: As a leader, cultivate a happy and healthy team by staying in contact with your team. Make sure you know what they are working on, recognize accomplishments more regularly and determine if they are experiencing any issues with work or their work-life balance.
Utilize Flexible Scheduling: Allow for a flexible schedule, especially for people who are simultaneously juggling work, childcare, second jobs or supporting other family members. More so, there are growing alternatives to the traditional 9—5 work schedule.
Beyond burnout and fatigue, winning the war for talent will require companies to rethink the way they plan for and accommodate workers’ needs.
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“… when the assumption that everyone needs to be always available was collectively challenged, not only could individuals take time off, but their work actually benefited.”See, New Worklife Balance Ideas For Making ‘Work’ Work
Many people have an inaccurate beliefs about their workload. Here are a few pointers to address this.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
Get more done in the same amount of time by learning to work more efficiently. Better manage distractions and attention seeking activities. Learning a comprehensive workflow management system is another way to get more done in less time.
Ultimately your own work-life balance is completely up to you. No one can “give you” better balance. You have to take it.
Stop thinking that other people expect you to be available all the time. Also, trying to conform to the expectations that other people have for you is exhausting and ultimately futile.
You Have a Habit of Distraction
Your most important resources are not your time or your money or even your attention. Your most important resources are your body and your mind.
Manage checking your communication channels during workday every 1-3 minutes. Else, you get conditioned and wont be able to “shut it off,” workday, work week or at your personal time.
You Have Control
Studies show that a boss’s work-life balance is an important factor in the work-life balance of their employees, and that if all better utilize downtimes, everyone will likely to be physically and emotionally healthier.
Recommended: The Third Space according to Adam Fraser is the transitional gap in between what we do. It’s not what we do, it’s what we do in between what we do that is most important.