The debate surrounding the topic work-life balance is never ended and people are heavily discussing the unfair working hours upon employees. Note that it’s not impossible to create a work-life balance culture in a company, but good things seldom come with a little sacrifice.
4 local founders share their opinions on how to reach a good work-life balance and they have been practising the methods with their staff. Do they succeed in creating a work-life balance culture? Read the article for further
1. Flexibility is important -Vimal Kumar, CEO of Yellow Porter
For Yellow Porter founder and CEO Vimal Kumar, the answer for work-life balance lies on flexibility. As an employer, he emphasis on achieving the equilibrium of work-life balance with the team. He believe that every individual has their own definition and version of it.
For his company, they adopt a rather flexible working time that caters to employee’s individual needs. Some prefers to start their day early and leave early for family reasons and some prefers the other side. So working time is not a huge problem as they exercise flexibility.
2. Don’t question them to work beyond working hours – Penny Choo, co-founder of BloomThis
As for Penny Choo, co founder of an online flowe delivery service, BloomThis, she also thinks that employees should have the freedom to deal with work-related matters beyond office hours as long as they know how to balance their time resposibly.
Dealing or not dealing with work beyond office hours is all highly dependent on the nature of the work itself. For Penny, it’s entirely up to the individual preferences as each and everyone has their own commitments and responsibilities and it’s up to the individual to determine where they put the focus on.
3. Draw the boundaries between work and personal time – Warren Low, Vice President of
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It all depends on priorities and one should know how to handle it. As a startup founder, the work-life balance would always be elusive on the way to achieving success. Nothing beats hard work and a can-do attitude.
4. Clear separation between work and play – Adel Ishak, owner of Little Fat Duck
Adel Ishak of F&B chain Little Fat Duck believes that there should be a good separation between work and play and practices the habit of giving his employees space beyond office hours.
For Adel, he doesn’t allow staff to stay past office hours. The times he messages staff after working hours is mostly when it’s a to-do list or an important item for the next day, which doesn’t need to be replied to. There are times when staff need to do calls, email and work after hours and this is where there needs to be a give-and-take between the boss and staff. Some spend working hours browsing internet,