Comment from Jo Samuels, Managing Director, Jems Recruitment:
National Work Life Week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance. I have a great team and as I’ve mentioned before they mean a lot to me. They have supported me when I’ve been pulled in a million directions and therefore they deserve to be supported too. It has created a close-knit, honest and positive team environment where we are happy to help each other out, not only with work but with any issues outside of the office.
When I asked two members of the team their thoughts on work/life balance, this is what they said:
“It’s coming up to two years since I started working at Jems and flexibility and support has been present throughout. Around a year ago my mother fell ill and I found myself in a position where I had to deal with a lot of calls, appointments and running around for a period time. Jo was always really supportive, allowing me to answer any calls I needed to, go to any appointments at short notice and even shifting my hours slightly if I needed to start earlier or later. The extra leeway made the situation a lot easier and helped so much. I think it’s so important that employers are flexible to some degree because we all have lives. Sometimes situations come up suddenly and you need that little extra flexibility and support to help you through.” - Danielle
“Although I have progressed my way through various roles at Jems, one thing remains the same, flexibility in the work place. This can vary from an early finish to shorten my long-awaited journey to a theatre show in London or understanding from Jo when I may have been caught in bad traffic on my way to work. Having flexibility at work shows the trust and understanding from management which in turn only makes you want to work harder to show your appreciation. Everyone experiences their own obstacles in life and I believe it is crucial for the relationship between an employee and employer to allow that flexibility to understand one another and work together.” - Abbie
It's so important to understand that we are all human, we all have lives outside of work, whether that be family, hobbies, additional work or friends that are important to us. One thing that I noticed this year was that there were regular half day holidays being taken which then meant less longer periods of annual leave was being booked off. Whilst I like to be flexible, I also feel that employees need a “proper” break so they don’t burn out in such a high energy environment. I have now limited the number of half days allowed in one calendar year to push the team to have a true break which forces a better work/life balance.
The saying goes “all work and no play is boring”……..I think we can enjoy both by understanding our employees better and offering support, guidance and flexibility.