Like most working adults, balancing work and life can be tricky, and oftentimes physical and mental wellness can get pushed to the back burner. But the reality is that everyone needs to take time to take care of themselves, both mentally and physically. As a team, the StringFam has made it a priority to take time for our health and encourage each other to do the same. If you’re looking for ideas for making work-life balance work for you and your team, here’s how we do it (without going insane):
Encourage Each Other
The hardest part about work-life balance in regards to physical and mental wellness is finding the time to exercise. This is why one of our favorite culture activities with our team is to do something active. Whether it be yoga in the park, instructed by our multi-talented Director of Operations, Sarah Hiller, leaving the office a smidge early to make a group pilates class with the team, or even buddying up and attending a workout class before/after work. We find that doing these types of activities together strengthens our team values and allows us to do what we preach to maintain work-life balance.
Share Your Goals
In addition to setting business goals, we also make it a priority to set personal goals and encourage each other to see them through. Most of us here at StringCan have at least one personal goal around physical health. These goals can be anything from making it to the gym a certain number of days a week, running a marathon, trying out new and different workout classes, or maybe even hiking a new trail each month. It doesn’t matter what your goal is, the important thing is that your employees are supported in their work and life goals.
Don’t Fear Flexible Schedules
To support our shared goals we offer a flexible work schedule that allows our team to fit in working out and making time for mental health. Personally, I like to hit the gym in the morning. To fit working out before work I aim to be at the gym by 5:30, but for the days that I hit the snooze 3 too many times, it’s nice to know I have the flexibility in my schedule so there are zero excuses to not stick to my goals.
For the StringFam, having a flexible schedule is a huge benefit and not one that we take for granted, but there’s another big piece to work-life balance: mental health days off. A mental health day to recharge your batteries does not only keep you sane in your personal life but at work too. Stepping away from your desk and unplugging from your computer is just as important as physical health.
We’d love to hear what you do to maintain a work-life balance! Contact us or leave a comment with fun ways to encourage your co-workers to make time for their health!