Millions of workers all over Australia are struggling to find a work/life balance that keeps them productive and satisfied.
This is the result of extensive research by The Australian Institute, with a recent study showing that unpaid overtime is leaving employees feeling shortchanged.
The institute's latest study 'Walking the tightrope: Have Australians achieved work/life balance?' reveals the answer to be an emphatic 'no'. In fact, 4.9 million (or just under one-quarter of the population) are struggling to create a balance in their personal and professional lives.
The research found that 3.4 million workers have seen their work/life balance improve over the last five years, although 3.3 million have seen no change at all in the last half decade.
Employers will be keen to address this issue. A bad work/life balance can be one of the main contributing factors towards employees jumping ship to a competitor. Even if they remain at your company, not receiving the amount of pay they are working for can be a massive hit to motivation.
Without a change, Executive Director of The Australia Institute Dr Richard Denniss said: "we might yet be having the same conversation in another six years".
Striking a balance
Employers will want to help their workers, but may find limitations in the amount of paid working hours they can legally offer. Instead, it is important to allow workers to get the most out of their paid time. To this end, conference call services can help in a number of ways.
Combine communications - If your workers are spending too much time saying the same thing, a conference call can allow them to communicate with hundreds of people at once - or just a handful.
Hold meetings wherever - Versatility is the name of the game. If your employee is working in the office, at home or in the field, both teleconferencing and web conferencing services can help them save time.
Keep a record - Do your employees spend too much time finding the right information? Record your conference call, archive it and use it quickly and simply.
With more than three-quarters (77 per cent) of employees believing their companies should do more to help them find a work/life balance, make sure you are doing all you can.