Whilst having a successful career is part of many people’s lives, it is also important to find a good balance between home life and work life. A lack of work-life balance can take its toll in many ways; physically, emotionally and financially.
No matter what career you are in or how many additional commitments you have, creating a healthy balance between work and home is essential when it comes to leading a happy and productive lifestyle. But it’s not always easy – especially if you have a demanding career.
A survey found:
- 1/3 of employees are unhappy about the time they devote to work
- More than 40% of employees are neglecting other aspects of their life because of work
- When having to work longer hours, 27% of employees feel depressed, 34% feel anxious and 58% feel irritable
- Nearly 2/3 of employees have experienced a negative effect on their personal life, including lack of personal development, physical and mental health problems and poor relationships and poor home-life.
Employers can help employees balance home-life and work-life by instituting policies, procedures, actions, and expectations that enable them to pursue more balanced lives, such as flexible work schedules and paid time off (PTO) policies.
Achieving a good balance between home-life and work-life
The first step to achieving a better balance between home-life and work-life is to think about the current demands of your professional and personal life. Then, you’ll be able to establish your own set of rules that allow you to strike the right balance between each one.
Here are some tips to help you:
- Set realistic goals each day and don’t overdo yourself
- Give yourself a break to relax and enjoy yourself
- Learn to say no. It can be easy to overwork yourself simply by saying yes to every task that comes your way.
Benefits of balancing home-life and work-life
- Health and wellbeing improvement
- Increased productivity
- Higher employee engagement
- Better time management
- Increased focus.