How to Figure out if a Company Believes in Work-Life Balance

Employers who value work-life balance have happier employees working for them, and are more successful than others. Here is how to find one like that.

If you are searching for a job, you want certain things. You want a job that offers a good salary, opportunities for advancement or skills growth and of course work-life balance. That last one is of crucial importance because it determines what every day is going to be like or how long you will be working and how many hours you have free for yourself and family.

Since you don’t want to end up living to work instead of working to live, you want to set some boundaries before you commit yourself to a job. Being clear on what you want is going to help you find the job you want, one that offers you what you need and can be happy in.

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If you are currently looking for a job, here are some tips on how to figure out if a company believes in work-life balance.

1. Check With Past Employees

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Employees who have previously worked for the company can tell you everything you need to know. Starting from there, you can do your own reference check on the employer to find out if this company offers the kind of work-life balance you are looking for.

Find these people with a LinkedIn search, on the company’s page. From there you can find out who worked there and contact them asking for more information. Explain the situation to them, why you want to learn more about the organisation and, that it will be confidential.

If they don’t mind helping you out, ask them some questions about the company culture such as:

  • How would you describe the company culture?
  • What are the working hours?
  • What’s a typical day/week in the life of an employee in this position?
  • Is working from home allowed?
  • What are the company’s main priorities?

2. Be Observant

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If you manage to get yourself an interview with the company, you have the opportunity to meet the employers in person and find out what it's like to work there. When you go to the interviewer’s office, see if they have photos of their family or their kid’s artwork on their desk.

Even these small details can tell you a lot about an employer because it shows whether they understand the importance of keeping a balance between work and life. You can also ask for a tour of the office to find out what other employees are doing. If it’s 7pm and you still see people working there, it may not be a good sign.

3. Find More Information Online

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Many websites can help you find more information about a particular company. Some also offer information about their work-life balance policies which is exactly what you need. Glassdoor, Maybrooks and Fairygodboss are some of the good ones because they share company reviews based on the experience of people who worked at the organization. Even though there is no way to know how accurate these are, they give you an idea of what to expect.

4. Ask Indirect Questions

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To uncover the truth about the work-life balance, you need to ask questions that can give you sufficient answers about the company culture and what it is really like working there. Asking indirect questions is probably the best way to go because you don’t want to show that you aren’t committed to the position, and all you care is the benefits that come with the job.

When being interviewed, ask employers what they love about working for the company and what aspects of work culture could be improved. These should give you the information you need.

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Work-life balance is important in any job, and that’s why you need to have it. If you find out that a company you have applied for doesn’t value work-life balance the way you expect, just continue searching. There must be something out there that fits your own requirements.

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