There are various issues in the HR field, and some of them will impact the work environment for everyone. It is important that HR managers address these top five issues and solutions in the workplace:
1. Train managers to notice signs that someone is overworked.
They need to spot increasing error rates, absenteeism, and signs of burnout easily. If they do notice these signs of a poor work/life balance in a worker, the next step would be to refer them to an employee-assisted program that will help find out what the issue is and work to resolve it so that the employee is more productive.
2. Start at the top.
Too many times, employees will see supervisors working overtime and will make the assumption that they have to work just as hard or harder and usually end up working so much, they become ill. Those at the top can set a good example of balance which in turn will be noticed and followed by the employees.
3. Set priorities for work.
When employees are unsure of priorities, they tend to overwork thinking that everything is expected to be done right then and there. Setting priorities allows workers to schedule tasks over a reasonable period of time and takes that stress out.
4. Encourage employees to use vacation and sick-time leave.
Managers should advise employees to use this time, especially when signs of a burnout or illness occur. Some companies choose to use a use-it-or-lose-it policy to encourage the employees to use the time when necessary.
5. Limit how often employees take their work home.
It happens all too often that an employee will feel that they have to get something finished as soon as possible, and will take it home in order to finish it; this cuts into the “life” part of work/life balance and upsets it. This could also go hand in hand with setting priorities. If a manager notices that an employee is taking work home too often, helping them set up a plan to manage their workload better can alleviate the need to take it with them.
Handling situations accurately can create a positive workplace. The more employees feel valued, appreciated, and are given much needed time off, the better they perform. HR managers need to maintain a balanced atmosphere.