Work-life balance and team productivity

Knowing how the people within your organisation are coping with their work/life balance is key to the productivity of your business. 10.4 million working days are lost each year in Britain due to work related stress and it goes without saying that the pressures of the workplace are ever increasing in today’s world.

In a recent survey, the Mental Health Foundation found that one third of respondents felt unhappy or very unhappy, about the time they devote to work, with 40% of respondents feeling that they neglect other aspects of their life due to work.

It is therefore essential that your organisation ensures that the channels of communication are open between leaders and employees. By encouraging employees to feedback their thoughts to you, you will be made aware of any discontent within your organisation and be better able to assist those who are struggling which will, in turn, minimise working days lost to work-related stress.

Once this feedback has been gathered, leaders then need to act on this to motivate the team and increase performance. If you foster a satisfied and encouraged team, the struggles to achieve a sense of work/life balance will ease, and work will become a thing which is integrated into your employees lives, not something which they feel unhappy about. 

How can the PCS tool help?

PCS can be used on teams of any size, within any organisation, providing a robust means of tracking performance and satisfaction of the team and organisation over time.

By using the tool, you will be able to measure the satisfaction of your employees and your business can gain unbiased feedback which will enable you to identify elements of practice, policy or culture that could be detrimental to both a healthy work/life balance and productivity.

The data accumulated by the PCS report assists in the diagnosis of performance issues and risks, helping organisations to assess what is driving and hindering team performance and satisfaction. Based on the insights provided by the PCS report, consultants can help their clients to eliminate pain points and invest in interventions which will benefit their organisations and employees most effectively.

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Find out more about PCS and get in touch here.

Zac's Challenges:

Zac’s tech business is growing rapidly. He’s gone from being a developer with a good idea to now overseeing an ever-expanding team. Zac knows that in order for the business to grow successfully, it needs to stay true to its founding values and his staff need to feel valued and engaged. Zac wants to understand if he and his team are on the same page and he needs to do it quickly and cost effectively.

Zac's PCS Solution

Zac decides to use PCS Lite to get a quick temperature check of how his team are performing and what they think about the business. The PCS Lite report quickly surfaces the fact that his team have lost sight of the organisation’s purpose and goals. Zac realises that he needs to improve his on-boarding processes and help orientate the new team members better in the company culture and vision. 6 months later, Zac uses PCS Lite to check his new onboarding process is working; concludes that the growing team are much better aligned to his vision and are generally operating in a more positive working environment.

Annabel's Challenges:

It’s Annabel’s job to help the Partners in the firm manage their clients and ensure they’re consistently adding value. Recently, Annabel has been asked by one of the Partners to find a tool or framework that the consultants can use to benchmark new clients looking for team and leadership improvement programmes. It needs to be cost-effective, established and reputable and able to be branded with the firm’s own logo.

Annabel's PCS Solution

Annabel recommends PCS Pro to the Senior Partners as it provides an objective measurement of team and leadership climate against which the consultants can build performance improvement programmes. PCS has a good track record, academic validation, excellent training and customer service, so she’s confident that it’s the right tool for the firm’s consultants to use.

Sarah's Challenges:

Sarah has to keep across the multiple training and development needs in the organisation and do it within a tight budget. Recently, Sarah’s been asked to design a L&D programme that improves the staff retention rate and helps staff feel more engaged with the changes happening in the organisation, not least the shift to more flexible working.

Sarah's PCS Solution

Sarah uses PCS to measure how different teams across the organisation are performing and look at any patterns which suggest the need for organisation-wide, leader or team training. Sarah notices that all teams and leaders have a low climate score in the Processes segment. Sarah knows that allocating budget in this area will improve performance. She works with the Senior Management Team to review the organisation’s processes as they transition to more flexible working and designs a training programme to support staff in the transition. She’s helped staff to feel supported, acknowledged and engaged which ultimately drives performance. 

Jim's Challenges:

Jim’s client has a team that’s not performing as well other teams in the organisation. The team has a high staff turnover, sickness and the lack of cohesion is impacting the team’s wellbeing and performance. Jim needs to get to the bottom of why this is happening and design effective coaching interventions which can generate tangible results for his client.

Jim's PCS Solution

Jim uses PCS Pro to measure / benchmark how the team and leader are performing across the 6 segments critical to team performance – Goals, Roles, Processes, Adaptability, Connection and Resilience. He can immediately see the disparity in Goals, Processes and Connection between the leader’s perception and those of her team. He uses this information to build a coaching programme designed align team and leader. After 6 months, the team seems to be more settled and productive. Jim remeasures using PCS Pro – the results show the client the effectiveness of his coaching intervention.