Ben Askins
Managing Director Verb Brands

Work life balance. What does this mean? A complete 50/50 balance of work and life is absolutely achievable, right? We all flawlessly manage to accomplish working 9-5 with no interruptions and then completely switch off as soon as we leave the office until we wake up again the next morning.

The reality is the term work life balance doesn’t really fit into today’s digital age. We are constantly accessible through our phones, from emails to Whatsapps our two worlds are always overlapping. 

The Oxford Dictionary definition of balance is “an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady”. In reality work and life are not evenly distributed and “steady”; instead we need to be aiming towards a work life “blend”.

The definition of blend by Oxford Dictionary is “a mixture of different substances or other things”. That’s exactly what it is, a blend or mix of the two, finding ways in which our two worlds can blend together. We have to be honest with ourselves that no one lives in a seemingly perfect instagram lifestyle. A work life blend is how the majority of us live our lives day to day.

At Verb, a work life blend is encouraged, over the past year we have introduced many initiatives to help our team reach this way of thinking.

1. Core working hours 

Known to most as flexible working hours, flexi time or flex time, Verb offers the team core working hours. Whatever you want to call it, this is a great perk for employees and an important contribution towards achieving a work life blend. At Verb, our team are required to be in the office between 10am and 4:30pm. This is great for parents with young families as it allows them to do the school run, but it’s also great for those who want to do an early morning gym session or those who need a bit more sleep. Maybe you want to leave at 4pm on a Friday to start your weekend early, or maybe you just have a doctors appointment you need to leave a bit earlier to get to. As long as you are working your full 8 hours, you are entitled to do this whilst working at Verb. According to CIPD the idea of “flexible working hours” came around 20 or more years ago but it is only just now becoming a benefit that many young professionals are expecting at any new role.

2. Verb Unplugged

According to Forbes, 89% of workers at companies that support wellbeing initiatives are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work. This is why Verb’s wellbeing team, Verb Unplugged is so important. Verb Unplugged prioritises the health and wellbeing of the whole team through processes such as benefit brochures and free mindful activities. Training is also offered on confidence coaching, resilience and much more. Education on well-being and regular talks are a priority – all of this contributes towards the team feeling valued and in turn contributes to a happy working environment. Go Gulf found that 68% of employees said training and development is the most important workplace policy. Ultimately the skills learnt through Verbs key policies at work spill over to personal life too thus creating that important work life blend.

3. Meaningful connections

Most of us spend the majority of our time at work so it is important to do something we are passionate about with people we enjoy spending our time with. Meaningful connections at work are highly encouraged at Verb, if our team connects well it means they are able to work better together, encouraging and helping each other through our working hours. It’s even better when those connections spill over into our personal life and true friendships are formed. Increasing employee engagement by bringing more fun into the workplace is something we at Verb encourage through monthly drinks and movie nights. This helps to reduce work-related stress and creates opportunities for more connections between the team. A Gallup survey found that close work friendships boosted employee satisfaction by 50% and people with a best friend at work are seven times more likely to be fully engaged in their work.

4. Mental Health Awareness 

Mental health is something that always needs to be at the forefront of our minds and not just during the dedicated national Mental Health Awareness Week. It is more important than just being spoken about it is something we need to constantly look out for and be open to listening about. A study by BITC found that just 16% of employees in the UK felt able to disclose a mental health issue to their manager. As mentioned earlier, Verb Unplugged prioritises the health and wellbeing of the whole team, this of course includes mental health. 

Ultimately there can’t be a blanket view for a work life blend, everyone is able to decide what this means for them. At Verb we aim to have a happy team both inside and outside of work allowing for creativity to flow which is of course required in every role here.

We’re currently hiring for a number of roles at Verb HQ. If you’d like to work with some of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands whilst achieving a work life blend, start your Verb journey today at www.verbbrands.com/careers/