Okay, so we’re all for having a work-life balance in our lives, because obviously, we’re tired. Having a work-life balance seems to be more of a privilege than a right at this point, and it isn’t really looking good.
However, there are some companies that have been advocating for this whole work-life balance shtick that not everyone has hopped on yet. An Indian IT company named SoftGrid Computers, for example, has implemented a “reminder system” where they lock the desktops of employees after business hours and issues them a warning.
This was posted over 3 weeks ago on LinkedIn by one of their employees. The warning on their computer screens reads, “WARNING!!! Your shift time is over. The office system will shut down in 10 mins. PLEASE GO HOME!”
As of writing, it has received over 430,778 reactions, 7,560 comments, and 12,653 reposts on LinkedIn.
Some people on the comments have praised the way the company is supporting the need of having a work-life balance for its employees.
However, others questioned the implementation of it, calling it forced. Some also raised the questions on whether or not it would be a one-size-fits-all kind of thing.
So, with those comments in mind and aside from all our feelings about wanting a work-life balance, how should companies start implementing this? And should it come from the companies themselves or from the environment that the employees create?
Well to be honest, we can’t really say because everyone has their own concept of an ideal work-life balance. For those who are really strict with keeping their work and personal things separate, having a set time, like a 9-5, would be ideal. For those who are more laidback and have a certain time where they’re specifically productive, the example showed by the Indian company may not be as feasible.
So, the problem with what the Indian company did isn’t the idea of having and advocating for a work-life balance—but its implementation. What would you suggest for companies to do in addressing their employees’ concerns with having or not having a work-life balance?
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