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Work Life Balance

[work-life balance]


  1. the division of one's time and focus between working and family or leisure activities.

    "he needs to get his work-life balance right"

Work-life balance is a concept that supports the efforts of employees to split their time and energy between work and the other important aspects of their lives. Work-life balance is a daily effort to make time for family, friends, community participation, spirituality, personal growth, self-care and other personal activities, in addition to the demands of the workplace.

Work-life balance is assisted by employers who institute policies, procedures, actions and expectations that enable employees to easily pursue more balanced lives.

The pursuit of work-life balance reduces the stress employees experience. When they spend the majority of their days on work-related activities and feel as if they are neglecting the other important components of their lives, stress and unhappiness result. An employee who doesn't make time for self-care eventually damages their output and productivity.

Work-life balance enables employees to feel as if they are paying attention to all of the important aspects of their lives. It occurs when employees experience the flexibility of a workplace that allows them to pursue all components of a healthy life.

Because many employees experience a personal, professional and monetary need to achieve, work-life balance is challenging. Employers can assist employees to experience work-life balance by offering such opportunities as flexible work schedules, paid time off policies, responsible time and communication expectations and company-sponsored family events and activities.

They create a work environment in which work-life balance is expected, enabled and supported. They retain outstanding employees to whom work-life balance is important.

Work life balance does not mean an equal balance. Trying to schedule an equal number of hours for each of your various work and personal activities is usually unrewarding and unrealistic. Life is and should be a lot more fluid than that.

Your best individual work life balance will vary over time, on a daily basis and dependant on what you have currently going on in your life. The right balance for you one day, will not necessarliy work the next day.

There is no perfect "one size fits all" balance you should be striving for. The best work life balance is different for each of us because we all have different priorities and different lives.

The core of an effective work-life balance definition are two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us.




He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata

What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.