How LACOSTA Promotes Work-Life BalanceJanuary 19, 2022
Work-life balance is a critical component of maintaining a healthy and positive workplace culture. If your employees are going to perform well and do quality work every day, they have to feel good both mentally and physically. Allowing your employees to set up a proper work-life balance and helping them maintain that will foster such a work environment.
Today, we are going to discuss the many ways that LACOSTA promotes a healthy work-life balance for its employees, as we believe it is a key component of our success and our ability to provide our clients with our industry-leading services.
What is Work-Life Balance?
Work-life balance is exactly what it implies – the balance between one’s work life and personal life. Your personal life includes everything from family time to your health to leisure activities. All of these components that interact with your work obligations are what we consider work-life balance.
The phrase “work-life balance” has gained greater importance and usage over the last few decades as employees and employers alike have started placing a greater emphasis on the importance of mental and physical health in the workplace – much of which stems from enabling employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance. And the key term here is balance.
Most people enjoy their jobs and enjoy working as it can be a nice break and escape from home life and a way to have a social life. But jobs can also become overwhelming and overbearing if you don’t have ample time to spend on your personal life as well. As with everything in life, moderation is key – and the same goes for both sides of the work-life balance coin.
Why is Work-Life Balance Important?
The importance of work-life balance cannot be understated. Maintaining a proper balance not only improves your work in the short term but it also reduces stress and prevents burnout in the long term. It is an integral component of mental health for employees, as it gives them an outlet for personal time during which they can decouple from the demands of work and focus on themselves and their families.
Plus, employee burnout is not bad for just the employees themselves. It is also costly and detrimental for employers. A poor work-life balance is not the only factor that can lead to employee burnout, but it is a key one. As a result, companies have to pay close attention to the demands they place on their employees, as well as the tools they give them to manage their work and personal commitments.
LACOSTA’s Approach to Work-Life Balance
A Flexible Schedule
To have an excellent work-life balance, you have to be able to make time for family and carve out personal time (after all, it’s all about balancing your personal and professional lives). Family life is often chaotic, and it typically doesn’t operate on a set 9 to 5 schedule as many jobs do.
That’s why we prioritize offering a variety of schedules for our employees at LACOSTA. This means that we have not only 1st shift positions but 2nd and 3rd shift options to choose from, allowing them to select a schedule that fits in with their home lives.
Family Environment and On-Call Employees
A lot of what allows our employees to balance their work and personal lives comes down to their relationships with each other. At LACOSTA, we work hard to foster a family environment where employees are not only willing but eager to help each other out. While working in our industry means that you are generally on-call in the event of an emergency or if a site needs additional workers, our employees are also on-call for each other. Whether it’s covering for another employee’s shift or trading shifts, our employees help add another layer of flexibility and adaptability to each other’s schedules. This way, our employees don’t miss out on important family events and can take time off when needed.
We take great pride in this company-wide mentality and approach because it builds an environment where employees are working with friends and family, not just co-workers. Further, it builds trust, something that is important in our team-oriented industry where our employees have to rely heavily on each other to get the job done.
No Need to Be Full-Time
Work-life balance is a very personal metric. What works for one person does not always work for another. Some people have more family obligations than others; some people need more personal time; some people just really love to work – it all depends on the person. That is why, rather than try to build a work-life balance for our employees; we provide our employees with the tools, resources, and flexibility to craft their own work-life balance.
As part of this, we understand that not everyone can or wants to work full-time. So, if full-time doesn’t work, we offer floater pools. These individuals are trained for on-call needs and are not required to work full-time hours, giving them even greater flexibility and more time at home.
Juggling the responsibilities of one’s work life and personal life is not easy. It takes persistence and dedication to strike the right balance. However, employers can do a lot to help aid their employees in this process by giving them the proper resources and outlets for managing their time and work commitments. At LACOSTA, we take this responsibility very seriously, and we work hard to provide our employees with these resources, as shown through the previously mentioned examples. All of this goes toward building a positive and thriving work environment where employees can excel and succeed for both themselves and our clients!