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Work-Life Balance and Workforce Well-being: Best Practices at LightCastle Partners

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LightCastle Analytics Wing
May 20, 2024
Work-Life Balance and Workforce Well-being: Best Practices at LightCastle Partners

When thinking about employability, attracting top talent, and assessing team member satisfaction and well-being, many employers limit their considerations to financial incentives and often neglect other crucial factors such as mental health and work-life balance. 

Despite several researches proving evidence that long hours, burnout, stress, and other work-related pressures can be detrimental to both co-workers and the company, many organizations tend to overlook this problem and allow it to go unchecked. 

To proactively ensure a healthy workspace and to diagnose the status of well-being and work-life balance at LightCastle , an anonymous in-house survey was conducted called “Life at LightCastle 2023” to gather direct insights from our colleagues. The purpose of this survey was to understand the overall scenario and current updates regarding our team members’ engagement, satisfaction, and work culture

The results revealed that a majority of our colleagues are highly interested in cultural initiatives, team engagement, flexibility, remote work, and, overall, a harmonious balance between their work and personal lives. These practices emerged as a crucial factor for their satisfaction, surpassing the sole reliance on monetary benefits. These preferences are particularly prominent among young professionals.

That’s why anonymous surveys are conducted yearly; based on the findings, discussions are held and solutions are developed to create a better working environment that meets the needs of team members.

Here are some of the best practices LightCastle follows to ensure our team’s work-life balance, well-being, learning, and growth – 

1. Flexibility: 

Flexibility is a key component of our work culture, encompassing work hours, and provisions for working from home. An impressive 88% of our fellow worker express a preference for flexible work hours and are keen on structuring their work within their timeframes, as long as they meet their job requirements.

Flexibility could also refer to less micromanagement and allowing our team members to work at their own pace and style within the scheduled time. Our team members thrive best when they are in charge of the deliverables, and thus flexibility is what defines productivity for us.

While we embrace flexibility, it’s anchored by a framework of standard working hours. This system thrives on mutual trust and transparent communication. It’s also critical to recognize that this flexible model may not align with every work type consistently, and standard hours remain a fundamental aspect of our operations.

2. Work Culture: 

In our organizational structure, we embrace a flat hierarchy that fosters open and direct communication across all levels. This approach empowers every team member to engage with leadership, including supervisors and team heads, regardless of conventional procedural barriers. 

Such transparency in communication cultivates a collaborative environment, enabling cross-functional interactions to proceed with fluidity and efficiency. This ethos not only accelerates decision-making but also enhances the collective agility of our teams, ensuring that innovation and progress remain at the forefront of our operations.

We consistently encourage constructive feedback and recommendations, as they continually add value to our organization. For example, we have received recommendations to host knowledge conclave sessions, digitalize the sessions, implement HR software systems, develop policies, leave carryover systems, etc. Some of these suggestions have already been implemented, while others are still under consideration. 

Finally, but not least, an impressive aspect is our culture of gender balance. We actively encourage female leadership and have created an environment where all employees, regardless of gender, can thrive both personally and professionally.

3. Remote Work Benefit: 

We are committed to fostering a dynamic and adaptable work environment. To this end, we extend the opportunity for remote work, subject to managerial approval, enabling our team members to operate from any location for designated periods. 

At the senior executive tier, specifically for roles such as Project Manager or Senior Project Manager, we offer the possibility of remote work benefits if they wish to pursue their Master’s abroad. Our team members are encouraged to continue working on a part-time basis so that they can provide us support while maintaining their Master’s studies simultaneously.

In the previous year, we proudly supported three of our colleagues in harmonizing their professional responsibilities with academic pursuits abroad. To ensure continued productivity, we advocate for a culture of transparent communication, precise goal-setting, and rigorous accountability.

We emphasize the importance of consistent virtual collaboration, supplemented by regular software check-ins and outs. This system is designed to optimize visibility and streamline the entire workflow, thereby enhancing overall efficiency.

4. Cultural Initiatives: 

Throughout 2023, we successfully organized multiple cultural initiatives, beginning with our annual retreat held in Cox’s Bazar. This retreat went beyond being a mere leisure trip; it included various team-building activities and a strategy session.

During the retreat, we launched Consulting Boot Camp to boost employer branding and raise awareness about the nascent consulting industry in Bangladesh. Future plans include its imminent launch.

2023 at a glance

Womens day event at lightcastle
Strategy retreat at lightcastle
Team event at Lightcastle
Lightcastle team iftar

Furthermore, we initiated many cultural initiatives in 2023 to celebrate special days, and are committed to doing so just as enthusiastically going forward as well. 

The main purpose of doing this is not just to create a shared memory but also to enhance team bonds, promote communication, facilitate diversity and inclusion, develop leadership skills, and strengthen organizational culture.

5. Empowering and Democratic Leadership: 

LightCastle promotes and expects active engagement and leadership from all its members.  At any given point, any team member can take the lead on specific projects or tasks, and leadership is something that is not decided by seniority but by one’s caliber. 

Even interns actively participate in core team functions, providing support, and gaining in-depth insights into the entire project. This fosters a culture of innovation and change. For our team members, this exposure contributes significantly to their career development. 

6. Company Sponsored Lunch:

Company-sponsored lunches are provided, fostering a warm environment where colleagues gather to enjoy meals together and engage in casual discussions. This initiative extends beyond mere dining; it cultivates a collaborative culture regardless of anyone’s position.

Sharing meals encourages open communication among team members, promoting a sense of unity and belonging within the organization. By providing this benefit, we prioritize co-worker’s well-being and strengthen interpersonal relationships.

7. Grant-Funded Training:

LightCastle values individuals’ talent and invest in their growth. To nurture their skills and expertise, LightCastle sponsors specialized training programs tailored to individual needs. In order to help desired personnel to excel and contribute to the company efficiency.

Additionally, LightCastle offers PMP certification sponsorship/subsidies, empowering fellow workers to obtain valuable certifications. Furthermore, we organize multiple training sessions annually, both internally and externally, focusing on overall development.

These sessions cover a wide range of topics based on audience preference, including Power BI, Presentation Development, Powerful Deck Preparation, Proposal Writing, and more, ensuring continuous learning and skill enhancement for all members.

8. Medical Rembursment:

According to our policy, every permanent staff member is entitled to biannual Medical Reimbursement benefits. This ensures that our colleagues have access to necessary medical support and assistance when needed, promoting their well-being and health.

Additionally, this benefit reflects our commitment to supporting our team members’ holistic welfare, recognizing the physical and mental health in maintaining a productive work environment. We strive to provide comprehensive support to our team members, ensuring they feel valued and cared for as integral members of the LightCastle family.

Summing Up 

In conclusion, our “Life at LightCastle 2023” survey revealed the significant emphasis our team members place on cultural initiatives, work-life balance, and flexibility, along with a clear desire for increased engagement programs.

Focusing solely on financial incentives while overlooking crucial factors like mental health and work-life balance in this era is not a sustainable approach for the long run.

All together, Remote work options and other ongoing initiatives contribute to our fellow members’ well-being, while open communication and a focus on improvement drive success. These changes benefit both our business, with improved retention and productivity and our team member’s personal growth and satisfaction. 

In general, 72% of individuals have conveyed their contentment with their present work-life balance, and we anticipate witnessing even more favorable outcomes in the near future.

Author

Nuzhat Naoshin, HR Officer at LightCastle Partners has authored the write-up. For further queries, contact [email protected]

References:

  1. Work-Life Balance Is a Cycle, Not an Achievement 
  2. 7 Benefits of a Work Life Balance for Employers & Employees 

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WRITTEN BY: LightCastle Analytics Wing

At LightCastle, we take a data-driven approach to create opportunities for growth and impact. We consult and collaborate with development partners, the public sector, and private organizations to promote inclusive economic growth that positively changes the lives of people at scale. Being a data-driven and transparent organization, we believe in democratizing knowledge and information among the stakeholders of the economy to drive inclusive growth.

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