A child once called-out his dad (who seldom returns home early from work each day) after work one day and asked him, what his hourly pay was. The dad got angry why his son should be asking him such questions and even starting shouting at the wife for manipulating their son into asking for such things. The man’s reply was, why? The son replied I just want to know. Then the man said it was $100. The boy said thank you and went back to his room, took out his money save and starting calculating what he has been saving for months. He doled out a $100 dollar and returned back to his dad and said, ‘dad, here’s $100, I want to spend one hour with you before I go to bed tonight’.
The man felt so ashamed of himself. He had no excuse to make but to apologize to his little boy for not being there when he needed him the most and promised to be a better dad from that moment.
The subject of work-life balance is a concept that advocates proper prioritizing between work which includes (professional career and ambition) and “lifestyle” (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).
Many organizations have and are still adopting the HR strategy that it is better to retain and help workers achieve a good life while working than to discard them and be faced with recruiting new ones.
According to Madonna Doyle & Associates, Work-life balance is a broad concept including proper prioritizing between career and ambition on one hand, compared with pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development on the other.
The concepts of globalization, glocalization, high pressure, the craze for wealth has almost removed the traditional line between family values and work. Also, these changes have produced unprecedented wealth with a price. Millions of people are overworked, over-scheduled, overwhelmed and stressed out and there’s no end in sight.
So why is Balance Important in Life:
For spiritual activities;
For other areas of interest.
No area is supposed to suffer, lest, there will be a deficiency.
Consequences or the Impact of Work on Health:
How Do You Maintain Mental Health at Work?
Plan your schedule per day and know how much task you can accomplish in a day. Do not over task yourself on a daily basis. The benefits of scheduling is to enable you avoid carrying over work into another day or working late, so you can go home to your family when it is time.
Take a Lunch Break: break time is meant for every worker to refill, stretch, and relief themselves of the pressures of work.
Set Realistic Deadlines: Your deadlines should be realistic enough to meet the SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound) model. Do not take over task which is meant for two persons and think you can complete it within a time it will require two persons to achieve it.
Take deserved leave: The purpose of annual leave is to provide employees with a reasonable period of rest and recreation, and a break from the workplace each year. It is not to be used for work. It is used to regain lost energy and refresh for future tasks. Try to take your leave seriously, in fact, if your organization permits, you can break it into two or try times within a year.
In conclusion, it is only the living that can enjoy what he/she has worked for. A person who managed his time well that can add value to life and vice versa. It is also a person who adds value to life that is reckoned with. Work will continue long after you’re gone.
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Adapted from: http://www.successdialect.com/