Leading Change in the Workplace: Balancing Time

Time is one of your most valuable assets. If you are a leader in your workplace, you can influence the culture around time management. As a leader you influence through your actions and your words whether you intend to or not.

 If you are emailing your employees late into the night or on the weekend, you are sending a message that you expect others to be available to receive and respond to emails in the “off-hours”. If you want to promote better work/life balance among your employees, you need to demonstrate that it is important to you. You can do this in many ways.

  • Limit your off-hour emails. If you personally want to work during these times, you can schedule your outgoing emails to not be sent until the next workday morning.

  • Set clear expectations with your team about when you expect them to respond to an email vs. a phone call or a text.

  • Demonstrate your value around family, by taking time occasionally during the workday to volunteer at your child’s school, or go to see her sporting event.

  • Demonstrate your value around good health by taking the time to exercise and take short walking breaks during the workday.

  • Lead the effort to create a meditation and prayer room in your office.

  • Schedule your workday to take best advantage of your peak productive hours and encourage others to do the same. For example, if you know that your best time for focused work is between 2pm and 4pm, block that off in your calendar. Schedule meetings in the morning instead.