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Business News/ News / World/  National Leave the Office Early Day: Prioritizing work-life balance and more

National Leave the Office Early Day, observed every year on June 2, was created in 2004 by Laura Stack, an expert in enhancing employee productivity. Its purpose is to emphasize the importance of maintaining a work-life balance and prioritizing personal life over excessive work.

As per media reports, this day serves as a reminder that by making slight adjustments in our work approach, we can boost productivity without needing to spend additional hours in the office.

Increases work productivity

Occasionally leaving the office early has been shown to enhance productivity. In a regular work week, extended periods of work can lead to employee burnout and fatigue, ultimately reducing productivity. Allowing employees to leave early on occasion not only keeps them happy but also boosts their productivity.

The rise of hybrid and remote work, especially since the pandemic, has gained popularity, and employers should provide the necessary resources for their employees to work outside the traditional office setting.

Leads to balancing work and personal life

Achieving a satisfactory work-life balance is a significant consideration for many individuals when deciding whether to remain in a job. However, regrettably, numerous employers overlook this crucial aspect and show insensitivity towards their employees who are striving to find equilibrium. The combination of long work hours and the added strain of commuting drains their energy. Allowing employees to leave the office early on occasion can serve as a valuable opportunity for them to restore their work-life balance.

Provides employees with ‘Me-time’ for personal renewal

Engaging in a constant work routine without dedicating time to oneself can lead to monotony and dissatisfaction. However, by leaving work early, individuals have the opportunity to indulge in activities that bring them joy, such as self-care, participating in sports, socializing with friends, or immersing themselves in a good book. These activities play a vital role in rejuvenating individuals and allowing them to recharge on a personal level.

Prioritizing mental health

There is nothing more crucial than ensuring the mental health and happiness of individuals. When employees are mentally and physically healthy, they tend to excel in their work. Overburdened employees frequently encounter issues such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, and depression. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a staggering 74% of UK adults have experienced mental stress. Allowing employees to leave work early helps prevent burnout and encourages them to take a much-needed break and relax.

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Updated: 01 Jun 2023, 12:15 PM IST
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