Factors of Engagement: 15. Work-Life Balance

Work-life balance is a determining factor for employee engagement and job satisfaction. This topic is about how organizations help their employees balance their work and personal lives, and try to avoid conflicts within that balance. Work-life balance (or work-life integration) is very important to the new generation of employees, but is now a fundamental topic for all workers since the global pandemic of 2020.

It is one of the 15 drivers in the scientific Employee Happiness Model®.

Improve employee engagement through drivers

It is important to gain insight into what makes your employees enthusiastic, happy and productive. What are their motives? You can find this out by scanning the 15 factors of engagement. But you can’t do everything at once. So first focus on the theme where you think the most impact can be achieved, simply or quickly!

65% of employees believe they can work more productively at home than in an office environment

(Flexjob, 2018)

Employee Happiness Model > theme wellbeing > work-life balance

Together with Vitality and Workplace conditions, Work-Life Balance forms the theme ‘Wellbeing’ in the Employee Happiness Model and the 2DAYSMOOD measuring method.

This theme concerns the physical and mental health of employees. Wellbeing can be supported by: elements that make the workplace stress-free and comfortable, stimulating a healthy lifestyle, focus, flow and a healthy work-life balance. By finding out how employees feel about the drivers in this theme, you will discover how you can increase positive energy, productivity and happiness.

The EHM consists of four themes: Organization, People, Work and Wellbeing. Curious about the other themes and motives? Download the whitepaper


Checklist: how does work-life balance influence engagement?

Positive influences on employee engagement

  • Offering flexible work processes and programs
  • Spend time on activities outside of work that energize you
  • Autonomy for employees to manage their own agenda
  • Coaching employees and supporting them when they cannot get social support from partners, friends and family

Negative influences on employee engagement

  • Not being able to mentally disconnect yourself from work
  • Lack of connection with the organization in a (partially) remote working situation
  • Lack of time for rest and reflection

How do your employees think about this? Ask them! Or do an online satisfaction measurement on work-life balance and other drivers.

Why (HR) directors investigate the 15 drivers

You can see the 15 drivers in the Employee Happiness Model as measurable factors that have a negative or positive impact on employee happiness and involvement. By increasing satisfaction with these factors, you can tackle stress, vitality, productivity and employee turnover!

In your own organization or team you can monitor the status of the drivers, quickly and easily, by using our realtime measuring method and 15 second survey. In this way, you will discover through a smart analysis of satisfaction and importance, where you can take specific and data-driven action.

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