Work plays a significant part in our lives and it is no easy task to achieve work-life balance in today’s fast-paced business world. No matter what career we are in, creating a healthy balance between work and play is important when it comes to leading a happy and productive lifestyle.
It is not always easy, but how well we manage this can make a significant change to reduce and control stress. A poor work-life balance can risk not just our social lives, but also our physical and mental health.
Practising or maintaining a healthy work-life balance is not only important for health and relationships, but it can also improve our productivity and performance at work.
Tips to improve work-life balance
- Take personal responsibility for your work-life balance. This includes speaking up when work expectations and demands are unrealistic or too much. It’s okay (or better) to say no sometimes.
- Allowing yourself a certain amount of time per task. Always set priorities and try not to get caught up in less productive activities, such as unstructured meetings that take up lots of time.
- Exercise regularly. A regular exercise routine may make it easier for you to balance you work and personal lives. The benefits include reducing stress, increasing self-efficacy and increasing endurance.
- Give yourself a break. Take at least half an hour for lunch and getting out of the workplace if you can.
Benefits of work-life balance for employees
- Increased productivity
- A happier, less stressed workforce
- Improvements in employee health and well-being
- A more positive perception of you as an employer
- Greater employee loyalty, commitment and motivation
- A reduction in staff turnover and recruitment costs
A good work-life balance often comes down to your own ability to prioritise according to what is most important to you.
For more resources, please visit: Mental Health Foundation