As the future of work approaches, companies are learning how to adapt to an increasingly mobile workforce – catering to changing preferences to attract potential new employees. In fact, according to Workforce Futures: The Role of People in the Future of Work, 95 percent of workers say work-life balance is an important factor when searching for a new job. Few days provide opportunity to achieve the work-life balance than the longest day of the year, June 21. The Summer Solstice, marks the onset of summer as the Earth’s tilt provides us with the longest duration of sunlight. As the lines between our personal and professional lives blur, it’s important to lean into your own preferences to maximize your time for productivity and fun.
Here’s a few ways to get the most out of your Summer Solstice:
Get an Early Start. While the thought of waking up ahead of your normal alarm time might seem incomprehensible, the added sunlight is a good a reason as any to make a change. Take an extra 15, 20, even 30 extra minutes in the morning for an activity you don’t normally have time for. Whether that be reading, making yourself an extra special breakfast, or getting some exercise – dedicating time to your passions can have a positive effect on your productivity the rest of the day.
Take Advantage of Flexibility. More and more, companies are embracing increased flexibility. This is, in part, due to the value employees themselves place on remote options – 89 percent prefer jobs that offer flextime. The reasoning, simply put, is because life happens, and the ability to seamlessly jump between priorities is critical. Set yourself up in which ever location you work best. Whether that be in your favorite coffee shop, home office, lake house, or even your company’s location itself, play to your own strengths.
Lean on Your Technology. The ability to fully enjoy a personalized workplace experience is largely dependent on the tools and platforms which support productivity. Through voice, video, and messaging, use your collaboration technology to foster a greater sense of community and comradery from each teammate’s location.
The longest day of the year can provide a blueprint for the most effective work-life balance strategies. As businesses change their thinking around operating procedures and what employee success can look like, it’s important to be an advocate for the flexible policies that enable individual empowerment. The future of work hinges on how technology is completely changing the nature of productivity – June 21 can very much be a shining example for the rest of 2018 and beyond.