4 Tips on how to master the art of work-life balance
If all of these …logging off immediately after work hours, having a sound sleep, enjoying the weekend, and taking frequent vacations…sound like a distant dream, it means that you are not doing the right things in your workplace. If you are still scrolling through a long list of emails, that are not designed to make your communication organized and productive, it’s time to take some corrective measures.
A study in the US shows that only 30% of employees are having a work-life balance. A poor work-life balance will result in stress, burnout, absenteeism, high employee turnover, etc. While companies are trying to provide solutions through various policy measures like flexible timings, telecommuting, work from home, etc, a lot of things may also depend on the tool that you are using for communications at work.
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Here is a checklist that will help you choose the right tool so that you can multitask like a pro, stay on topic and in context, be able to access all your information instantly, collaborate with your teammates seamlessly, and organize all your communication efficiently so that you can save time spent on trivial tasks and become more productive at work to spend more time with your family.
Smart phones have become an integral part of corporate life due to the popularity of bring your own device and remote working. Research shows that smartphones are forcing people to stay connected all the time, eroding the boundaries between office and home. Companies are realizing that more working hours does not mean more productivity. Reports show that some Slack users spend up to even 10 hours a day checking their mobile phones. Constant pings and notifications from teammates can quickly become a nightmare. Any tool that seeks your attention 24/7 will make it difficult for you to disconnect from work.
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Some communication tools are designed to have quick conversations and users cannot easily see the big picture. If the information is not organized based on context and preserved using threads, it would be difficult to keep track of all conversations. In the modern workplace, with the manifold ways of communications, the tool needs an automatic threading mechanism to connect related conversations that are happening in different formats such as chat, email, online documents etc and group them based on topics. Organized communication will lead to productive communication.
While many tools allow direct chat and group chat separately, only a tool like Clariti allows you to combine both when needed. When you want to send a private message to any member of the group using other tools, either you must do it through a direct chat or ping the whole group unnecessarily, wasting everybody’s time. But Clariti allows you to add or remove participants within an ongoing group chat based on need. This way the communication thread is maintained even though different participants are involved as the conversation unfolds.
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For organizations, as the pace of communication increases especially from multiple communication modes, it will become hard to maintain context behind all the disparate messages. You will have to trust your memory to connect the dots. No wonder people are constantly anxious that they may have missed or misunderstood a crucial piece of information that may have come their way.
Clariti brings all communication forms to one place and connects them, so context can be maintained across related conversations. Once you have context, you have clarity.
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In the future, the most successful companies will be the ones that provide freedom to their employees from the compulsion of staying connected all the time. Choosing the right tools will help your employees to disconnect and recharge during their leisure time. When you use Clariti to manage your work, you will naturally have more work-life balance
Originally published at https://www.meldium.com on September 25, 2020.