Posted in Human Resources Articles, Total Reads: 2036
, Published on 19 August 2013
It is a widely acknowledged fact that if a person is in high spirits on the inside, it is well reflected on the outside. A happy disposition gives birth to an equivalent demeanor. However, in today’s era, espousing a happy disposition is far-fetched. Negativity (in the form of stress, deadlines, criticisms, competition, family problems, kids and the like) is found in abundance.
Adult life comes with its own share of bliss and despair. The life of a professional happens to be bordering more on despair than bliss. What with a job that allows no room for relaxation, it becomes really hard to find time for anything else. It is for this central reason that young professionals these days are opting to enter the marriage market a little late consequently digressing from the time that has been allotted to them by their kinsfolk.
I constantly envisage, wish even, to be able to work in a place like Dunder Mifflin Paper Company from “The Office”. Those of you who have watched the show must be aware of the characters and their various hilarious idiosyncrasies. Although the shows non adaptive corporate culture is contrary to the reality that is prevalent in companies that we work, wouldn’t it be nice, to go to work every day in an office which is devoid of high stress and a place where your colleagues are not looking to stab your backs with knives every time you turn around, just to get that much awaited promotion, or a positive appraisal report.
Unfortunately, the stress that abounds in workplace has an adverse effect on the personal lives of employees. On a similar note, an unhappy personal life makes the employee incompetent and obliterates his ability to work well. Ergo, it becomes imperative, to find a way to strike a balance between the personal and professional lives of a working professional. This is where companies can come to the rescue.
Employee welfare schemes were launched to ensure the well being of the employees. By providing a plan that benefits the employees, companies help in reducing the stress level of their employees. A plan which seeks to strike a balance between an employees’ personal and professional life, will result in a colossal improvement in the performance of the employee and amplify his/her morale. Moreover, it would be a welcome indication of the management of the company’s generosity to frame such a supportive plan, consequently adding value to their image.
A few programmes that, in my humble opinion, are a must to ensure a yin-yang of professional and personal lives of employees and deter the spilling over of work stress to family, are elucidated below. These views are a product of experience and observation and are by no means restrictive nor comprehensive.
• Paid Trips- In the United States, paid vacations are made available to 91 percent full time employees and their families in private industries. Access to these benefits, however, varied from organization to organization and for employees. Paid trips are highly praised by employees, especially by them who cannot afford to go on trips often.
• Annual trips- Trips taken together by all the employees of a company is a great way to bond and form a predilection for each other. Team building exercises should also be adopted as they spur trust and alliance among colleagues.
• Counselors at work – Companies should appoint professional psychiatrists or counselors at their work place, so that stressful employees can visit them according to their needs. These counselors should also act as advisors to the company and help the latter in improving the environment for the benefit of the employees.
• Work from home – A lot of companies now days are giving their employees the benefit of working from home. Especially for women, working from home is seen as a relief from stress. Working mothers find it easy to manage work from the comfort of their homes and tending to their children.
• Change in management’s attitude – Management should adopt a positive attitude via-à-vis their employee’s welfare. Managers who care and not just manage are well praised for their liberality. Employees’ willingness to perform well will not be due to compulsion but enthusiasm to prove self and unleash the dormant energy which was constantly smothered by stress and unhappy circumstances.
The article has been authored by Monisha Kumar, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
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