Naperville Business Lawyer Discusses Work-Life Balance

balance, Naperville business law attorneyWhen you own a business, you are likely to be completely committed to your company’s success. You are willing to make sacrifices and give up much of your personal life so as to continue working toward the betterment of your business.

In addition to my role as a business law attorney, I am also the owner of my own law firm. I understand how hard business owners must work in pursuit of success. During my career, however, I have learned that it is not really reasonable for an owner to expect the same level of dedication from his or her employees. While most employees are willing to work hard and help your company grow, they often do not have the same incentives as an owner. As a result, it is important for you as an employer to help your staff find a work-life balance that keeps your employees happy, motivated, and productive.

Understanding Work-Life Balance

When you read about work-life balance—or an employee comes to you with concerns about it—you may not understand exactly what he or she wants or needs. In your role as a business owner, you may have invested much of your life into your company. Your employees, on the other hand, cannot reasonably be expected to make the same choice. In recent years, there has been a growing emphasis on the balance between work and life—life meaning outside interests, including family, recreation, and personal pursuits.

The current concern regarding work-life balance can be summed up in a commonly used maxim: “I don’t live to work; I work to live.” To those from previous generations, this idea may sound somewhat lazy and self-centered, but that is not necessarily the case with most workers. For many, it simply clarifies their priorities; they are willing to work hard, but other things in life are just as important than their job, if not more so.

Disappointing Example in New Hampshire

The issue of work-life balance was recently highlighted by the case of a New Hampshire man who lost his job over the New Year’s holiday. According to reports, the man was a security guard in his initial 90-day probationary period when he informed his boss that he would be missing a scheduled shift so that he could be at the hospital with his wife as she gave birth to their son. The baby arrived on New Year’s Day—the first child born in Concord, New Hampshire in 2017—and the man received notice that he had been terminated from his job.

In at-will employment state like New Hampshire—and Illinois—the company was almost certainly within its legal rights to terminate the man. Many, however, have expressed their displeasure over the company making the man choose between his job and his family, especially the birth of a child. Since his termination, the man has reportedly received a number of job offers from employers who claim to offer a better work-life balance.

Setting Your Expectations

If you were to objectively look at your company’s policies regarding time off and scheduling flexibility, what would you find? Would you want to work for your company if you were not the owner? If not, then it may be time to reevaluate the expectations you have for your employees.

To learn more about helping your workers balance their personal and professional obligations, contact an experienced business law attorney in Naperville IL. At The Gierach Law Firm, our knowledgeable team will provide the guidance you need to grow your business and increase your profitability. Call 630-756-1160 for a confidential consultation today.





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