Time is precious, don’t waste it! 

The world in which we live is unpredictable and ever changing. Technology brings great advancement but also brings challenges. The pressure to always be present whether that be showing up for all your children’s social engagements or answering all client emails as soon as they appear in your mailbox- the struggle is real and is greater than ever.

This makes it so difficult to distinguish between home life and work life and many (I certainly do) have noticed this line can become increasingly blurred. This is why we must adapt and arm ourselves with the skill to put ourselves first so that we can perform well at work and achieve our personal and professional goals whilst still being there for our families and looking after our mental and physical health. The idea is to create a more balanced life giving you time back to spend with the people you love, doing the things that make you happy.

A healthy work-life balance allows everyone to excel at work and take care of their personal wellbeing outside of the office.

There is a misconception that a “work-life balance” means spending equal amounts of time on work and non-work life and that they both should somehow balance. I believe this theory is outdated and really balanced just means creating a life balance whereby you feel fulfilled in both areas.

Not only must we all be accountable for our own wellbeing but there is also a great responsibility on Employers to have the wellbeing of their team at the forefront of their business. Whether that be educating people about the importance of their wellbeing or providing the right tools and support to improve it.

A great first step would be for all Employers to offer as standard, flexible work hours or remote work options which in turn can help employees manage their personal and professional lives more effectively. At ntitle we all work remotely which gives us a far more flexible approach to working hours than if we had one office but also gives us the opportunity to recruit a team from all corners of the UK and gives us an unrivalled depth of regional knowledge and expertise.

However, wellbeing isn’t just a case of working less hours or finishing early to do the school run. It really goes much wider than that and should mean that you can manage your work levels without the need to work additional hours and that you are able to maintain boundaries between work and your non work life which are never blurred.

Employers have a responsibility to help all their employees juggle the demands of their work and personal lives. Providing mental health support, offering counselling services, mental health resources, and promoting an open and supportive culture that can help employees manage stress and mental health challenges.

So, the big question is how can this balance can be found?. Many authorities on this suggest that we should start with our physical wellness, making physical activity part of your everyday routine. It is also proven that a good restful sleep routine is invaluable together with a healthy diet. Basically, it seems that a healthy body feeds into a healthy mind. It is no secret that when we are over worked, tired or stressed -our health suffers.

Employers should encourage physical wellness by providing access to wellness programs, gym memberships, or organising fitness challenges that can promote physical health. At ntitle we have set Team Step Challenges to try to encourage the team to leave their desks and get moving outside. This has proved to be a really successful and fun way to engage with the team with something other than the delights of title investigation. Implementing these strategies will contribute to a healthier and more productive workforce.

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is not only important for health and relationships but it can also improve employee’s productivity and ultimately their performance. It is believed that in an environment whereby employees don’t view work as a chore, they will work harder, make fewer mistakes and are far more likely to become advocates for your business. It is no coincidence that these large multi nation corporations have spent so much time and money on ensuring the well-being of their staff as it ultimately benefits them!

It is so important to recognise staff achievements. We believe that acknowledging and rewarding employees for their hard work and dedication can boost morale and create a positive work environment that is not ruled by fear or judgement but where staff feel supported and valued. Creating this positive work culture, fostering an inclusive, supportive, and respectful work environment can significantly impact an employee’s wellbeing and should come as standard for all.

ntitle was established with the wellbeing of Conveyancers at its core. It was recognised that conveyancers need support and some well needed time back to allow them to work effectively and reduce stress levels. By removing the time-consuming title investigation from the transaction, Conveyancers can concentrate on moving the transaction forward quickly and delivering that all important five-star service.

There should be no need for Conveyancers to take title investigations home in the evening or working on the weekend as this is not sustainable long term and will cause staff burn out. ntitle encourages Conveyancing firms to use our service as an extension of their team and to stop this happening. Firms should act now to support and nurture their staff and ensuring their team’s wellbeing.

In additional to this, outsourcing title investigations can offer several other benefits, such as access to specialised expertise whereby title investigations are conducted thoroughly and accurately by specialists in the field. There are also the cost savings advantages, increased efficiency, and the ability to scale resources based on demand. So, it’s a win win for Conveyancing firms. We believe that all Conveyancing firms across the country should incorporate ntitle into their business model if they have not done so already as the benefits are considerable for both Employers and Employees wellness.

So, in 2024, let the focus for Conveyancing firms be on an achievable work life balance and remember that time really is precious and should be used wisely. Also remember that finding balance is a journey, not something you achieve once. We need to constantly work at building and maintaining good habits knowing that the reward will be well worth the effort. Good luck finding that balance and please do get in touch if you think we can support you.

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