Work-Life Balance can be different after a global pandemic. Some people don’t work 8 hours in a typical day, while others are never off the clock. Keep reading to find out about the evolution of work-life balance.
Does your FQHC offer work-life balance? The idea of finding a balance between our work life and home life rose to prominence after the pandemic, as millions of Americans hit the reset button on what they’d like their lives to look like. But what is work-life balance? Why is it a buzzword again? If you want to attract talent to your FQHC, work-life balance is an increasingly potent job perk, in some cases more important to candidates than a higher salary. Here’s what you need to know about the evolution of work-life balance and how it will affect your community healthcare facility in 2023.
Work-Life Balance Trends
The idea of work-life balance rose to prominence again during the Great Resignation, which saw millions of American workers quitting their jobs every month beginning in 2021. Post-COVID, millions of Baby Boomers elected for retirement and left the workforce entirely. These resignations put more pressure on overburdened community healthcare HR teams as they tried to fill empty jobs with a shrinking candidate pool. These trends were driven by a workforce seeking a better balance between work and home. Work-life balance will continue to be an issue moving forward as we near 2025 with up to 75% of the workforce made up of millennials, a population stringently focused on having a life outside the workplace. But it’s a misconception to think that only the millennials want their work and life to be in harmony.
In May 2022, a Forbes survey showed 90% of workers say work-life balance is key to their happiness. Note that this survey wasn’t focused strictly on millennial populations but that every age category surveyed said work-life balance is just as important as other drivers of job satisfaction, like high pay and benefits. It’s a significant survey that illustrates a mindset shift among the American workforce, including clinical and administrative workers considering a move to community health.
How Can Your FQHC Promote Better Work-Life Balance this Year?
The emphasis on work-life balance is a plus for the FQHC community. Traditionally, working in the community healthcare field offered more flexibility and reasonable hours over other healthcare sectors. FQHC recruiting teams should gear their marketing efforts towards promoting work-life balance as a significant benefit of the job. In this, we have the evolving importance of work-life balance in our favor.
There are also simple ways to shore up work-life balance in your FQHC. They include:
- Improving paid leave policies.
- Offering schedule flexibility.
- Promoting family-first policies.
- Team building and stronger collaboration.
- Prioritizing productivity over number hours worked.
- Shoring up overburdened teams with additional staffing.
Providing your workforce with the additional help they need is the job of UHC Solutions. We help FQHCs improve work-life balance by providing these organizations with additional staff to help disperse the workload more evenly amongst clinical and administrative staff. Talk with our team today. We are your partner in an ever-changing community healthcare world.