Work-life balance is a vital part of any company’s long-term viability and health. Overworked staff tend to be unproductive, and the time lost due to stress and fatigue can adversely affect employee output, especially when it comes to meetings and constant deadline pressures. And the struggle is real: a study from
As a manager, it’s your job to help your team maintain a healthy work-life balance. How are you helping employees make space for their personal priorities while still remaining happy and productive on the job?
Are you leading by example? Meetings are an ideal place to start and learn more on work life balance.
Meeting offers a good opportunity for a manager to bond with his/her juniors. Scheduling a meeting is often an easy way to kick the can down the road. Whenever an issue comes up or a matter needs resolving, scheduling a meeting lets you defer it until the meeting itself. That can be a damaging pattern. It can disrupt your team’s workflow and force you to reshuffle your priorities.
When scheduling meetings, a manager should keep in mind to:
- Schedule meetings in different intervals as often as you can rather than giving in to the urge to schedule multiple meetings back-to-back to get them out of the way. This offers the manager time to understand the information and make smart decisions before leaping into the next meeting.
- Spell out the goals and set a clear agenda beforehand, then stick to it during the meeting itself. That keeps things on point without wasting time.
- Do not automatically reschedule if a member cannot make the huddle because of competing priorities. Make sure to discuss the agenda with attendees beforehand and consider their input. Change the agenda if necessary and only alter the schedule if need be.
The better you can combine meetings with work, the more readily you’ll be able to realize your own work-life balance.
“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
— William Penn