“Many of our clients face blurred lines regarding when to begin and when to stop work hours,” says Fernanda McElravy, customer success manager at getAbstract. “The blurring of boundaries has created new obstacles for their work-life balance, especially when employees are overwhelmed within their own lives.” Companies currently are looking for tips, guidance or tricks of the trade that can encourage a more authentic and truthful dialogue between managers and employees about their work-life balance. “They want to know how managers can comfortably communicate in difficult times. Companies also want to learn effective methods to ensure their remote teams function well, while coaching employees through unusual and often highly stressful circumstances,” McElravy explains.
There are a number of steps that we can all take to set respectful boundaries and ensure people abide by them. With a little self-reflection and a clear action plan, we may realistically begin to see true work-life balance: