The importance of work-life balance.
Many of us find ourselves working a lot. It is partially because people tend to like their job, they fulfil themselves at work and progressing their careers makes them happy. And partially it is caused by ever-changing conditions of the market, many companies must make quick decisions and constantly observe their competitors, to be able to stay current and prosper well. Regardless of the cause of the long hours at the office, we must remember that balancing work-time and off-time is crucial to our family life and our health. Also, companies’ owners must understand that exhausted employee won’t be very effective and his productivity will be at a low level. Such person might be also prone to mistakes. Therefore, establishing right work-life balance is beneficial for both, employees and employers. Still, the question remains, what is a work-life balance and how to achieve it?
The definition of a work-life balance says that it is a concept that assures proper prioritisation of work and lifestyle. A work-life balance is nothing else than a state where the employee feels that no aspect of his life is being neglected. Such person will achieve set goals at work and at the same time, will be able to participate in his family life. Unfortunately, suchlike balance is difficult to accomplish. There is no golden rule that can be applied. That is because every person has different needs, also each job might have different requirements. However, there are few aspects that you, as a worker or employer who wants to create a supporting environment for your employees, can take under consideration.
For both employees and employers, an efficient scheduling should be one of the priorities. Setting a good schedule will assure that all work-related tasks are accomplished in a timely manner. It will also allow employees to plan their free time accordingly.
Note for employers: The continuous setting of tight deadlines will cause your employees to burn out quick and that will cause inefficiency.
Time off allows to recharge the batteries, gain strength and get ideas for work. Allow you subordinates uninterrupted holidays, at least couple of times a year. And if you are an employee, turn off your phone, disconnect email box. Constant thinking about work will not let you rest and enjoy time with you loved ones. Give yourself a week or two of vacation and when you come back to work, you will be more efficient and full of energy.
#3 Flexible work hours
It’s a solution that suits best working parents. In such system, you don’t have to come and leave work at scheduled hour, you might decide even not to come to work on some days. As long as expected tasks are completed on time, this system should suit your superior.
Note for employees: Even if you decide not to come to the office or be late on a work day, you still must be reachable to your employer. You must remember that it is not your day off.
#4 Outside the office hours
Once working time is over, you should put down your phone, close the laptop and enjoy the rest of the day (or a weekend) with you family, friends or spend this time doing things that you love. Working outside of the scheduled time should not be a situation that happens frequently, but only in an emergency situation.
Note for the employer: You should respect your employees’ time off work. Calling and demanding that your employee should come to work on an off day is unacceptable.
These general rules should give you an idea of the direction you should take, when you consider implementing work-life balance into your life. Of course the changes you are planning to make have to take into account the nature of your buisness, your needs and your life situation. Regardless if you are an employee or an employer, it is worth applying work-life balance in your daily life as it is beneficial for both sides.