9 Ways to Encourage Work-Life Balance in Your Company

Danielle Capozza
May 24, 2024
8 minutes

Achieving a work-life balance can feel impossible whether you work from home, travel for work, or commute. When can we rest? When should we work? How can we do it all? We've all seen the memes of people on vacation with their laptops, typing away on the beach, and wondered, "Is this what balance looks like?" Spoiler alert: it's not.

Promoting a healthy work-life balance isn't just about making your employees happy; it's also about enhancing productivity and retaining top talent. Let’s dive into some practical (and fun!) ways to encourage work-life balance in your company.

#1 Promote Flexible Working Hours

Experiment with working hours, within reason. Imagine telling your team, "You can work from 6 AM to 2 PM if you're a morning person or from 10 AM to 6 PM if you're a night owl." Watch as the early birds and night owls unite in harmony.

Enable employees to work from home or other remote locations. No more awkward moments when someone’s dog barks during a conference call because, let’s face it, it's endearing and everyone loves a guest appearance by Fido.

#2 Encourage Scheduling Regular Breaks

Implement policies that encourage taking, even scheduling, breaks. Whether it’s a coffee run or a midday yoga session, stepping away from the screen can work wonders. Encourage fun breaks like “5,000 Steps Wednesday” or “Stop, Drop and Stretch Fridays” (or simpler versions as in the 7th inning stretch in baseball). Working folk sometimes need a structure or name for their breaks.

You can even design dedicated break areas. Provide comfortable spaces where employees can relax. Create a zen zone complete with more comfortable chairs, a sharing-library, and maybe even a few snacks.

#3 Lead by Example

Ensure that managers model good work-life balance practices. If your boss is sending emails at 2 AM, it sends a not-so-subtle message that employees should do the same. Encourage leaders to “walk the talk” by, say, leaving the office at a reasonable hour. Remember, the saying “Do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t quite cut it here.

Managers should encourage their teams to maintain boundaries between work and personal time. Picture this: a manager saying, “Go home and watch a movie! We can tackle this tomorrow!” You’d be surprised how motivating it is to know your boss values your downtime.

#4 Offer Wellness Programs & Workshops

Provide access to wellness programs like gym memberships, yoga classes, wellness apps, or mental health resources. How about a walking challenge to see who can take the most steps in a month? Earn those office bragging rights!

Offer support for personal issues, including counseling and financial advice. This isn’t just about having someone to talk to; it’s about creating a safety net for when life gets tough.

#5 Set Clear Expectations

Ensure workloads are manageable. Expecting employees to regularly work overtime can lead to burnout faster than you can say “deadline.” Clear expectations mean no more emails at 9 PM on a Saturday asking for a last-minute report.

Establish clear guidelines about after-hours communication. Introduce a “No Email After 6 PM” rule, and maybe even throw in a “Slack-Free Sunday.”

#6 Provide Paid Time Off

Offer ample vacation days, personal days, and sick leave. Encourage employees to actually use them. You can even create a fun “Vacation Wall” where employees post pictures of their adventures – bonus points for the most exotic locations!

Actively encourage employees to take their allotted time off. Send out a company-wide reminder with a fun message like, “Remember, PTO is for ‘Pretend the Office doesn’t exist’ time!”

#7 Create a Supportive Work Environment

Foster a culture of support and understanding. Create a “Buddy System” where employees support each other in maintaining work-life balance. It’s like having a gym buddy, but for work!

Recognize and reward employees who manage their time effectively. Host a monthly “Balance Champion” award and give out quirky trophies like a mini hammock or a tiny Zen garden.

#8 Offer Career Development Opportunities

Provide opportunities for professional growth that don’t require excessive time commitments outside of regular working hours. Think of lunchtime webinars or “Learning Fridays” where the last hour of the day is dedicated to personal development.

Implement mentorship programs that support employees in achieving their career goals without compromising their personal lives. Make it fun with “Mentor Mixers” where employees can meet potential mentors in a casual setting.

#9 Regularly Review Policies

Establish regular feedback loops to understand employees’ needs and concerns. Send out quirky surveys like “How balanced is your life on a scale from ‘Zen Master’ to ‘Stressed Out’?”

Policy Updates: Be open to adjusting policies based on feedback. Regularly revisit and tweak your work-life balance strategies to ensure they’re still effective and relevant.

Leverage Technology

Use project management and communication tools that enhance productivity. Learn more about Hanu Health for emotional and mental wellness.

Train employees to use technology effectively. Host “Tech Tuesdays” to help employees streamline their workflows and reduce time spent on redundant activities.


Creating a work environment where balance is more than just a buzzword can transform your company culture and drive success. Apps like Hanu Health can be instrumental in providing support for employees who need that extra bit of emotional wellness accountability. By implementing these strategies with a touch of humor and creativity, you can foster a workplace where employees feel valued, supported, and truly balanced.

It can be groundbreaking for the success of a company for employers to embrace the fact that it’s not just about making work enjoyable; it’s about making life outside of work just as fulfilling. So, let’s embrace work-life balance and reap the rewards!