Convert More Flexibility into Better Work-Life Balance
Most businesses in the remote working space offer flexible hours that can help to meet childcare needs and give employees more independence to work when they’re most productive. This opens up the possibility to easily align your working with your personal life, which can improve employee retention and attract new talent.
The flexibility provided by the employer helps but the main responsibility for creating a better work-life balance lies with you. For this balance to work, plan your day carefully.
Start with a non-work-related morning routine that might involve journaling or fitness-related activities. This way, you’ve started the day on your own terms with a pocket of time to yourself before you get swept away by a busy workday.
Be sure to incorporate breaks throughout your office hours. To get away from the screen for a few minutes, choose to spend your breaks in the garden or doing quick chores like folding laundry.
Your evening routine then starts with closing your work laptop. Better work-life balance means spending more quality time relaxing with friends and family and doing activities you enjoy.
To enable that, make a point of logging off and the end of the day and stick to your boundaries. Keep your work phone within your office space and don’t be tempted to check emails in bed and get sucked into working overtime.
Emily Morgan, Head of Outreach at Fit My Money says that remote working is transforming the way we innovate and increases diversity:
“The shift to remote working might have caused a kind of 'innovation gap' for a while, but people are adapting and transforming the way they brainstorm. Creativity doesn't depend on the place you are in, right? Great ideas come anywhere you are.
So remote working is absolutely likely to increase innovation and can offer greater opportunities to enhance diversity as you are no longer restricted by geographical boundaries.”
Dennis Yu, Digital Marketer, Speaker, and Agency Builder talks about how he and his teams adjusted their processes to adapt to remote working:
“I lost 12 international speaking gigs when COVID shut down the planet. And instead of meeting clients and team members in person, we had to work from home.
New situations create new opportunities.
So we learned how to set up video studios in our kitchens and spare bedrooms and adapt to a wide range of collaboration tools. I gained a couple of hours a day from transit time or putting on nice clothes. Now I have a nice shirt on top and shorts below the camera.
As CTO for multiple digital marketing agencies, I initially was disappointed with so many Zoom calls. But then we learned to make team and client collaboration fun-- to use polling, take turns sharing and creating content together.
Recording all client and team calls allowed us to produce training from these meetings-- where team members demonstrate step by step how they do their function, which we convert into guides.
I'm excited by the new tools that let me work from the park, at my favorite restaurant, and when I want.
It's forced us to create more processes and be more disciplined, but it is well worth it.”
Simon Dwight Keller, CEO & Founder at SDK Marketing says that the independence and flexible hours of a remote working arrangement foster creativity:
“Creative people often need some downtime to relax their thoughts and allow their big ideas to surface. Imposing a structured schedule can stifle them and put an end to their free-thinking.
Therefore, employers who offer flexible hours and allow their staff to navigate their work and personal lives on their own are reaping the rewards of loosening the reins. Remote working environments give employees the ability to move and find answers in unexpected places.
As long as they have access to the tools they need to record their thoughts and communicate with team members, they will be prepared for innovative thinking wherever they are.”