For Work Life Week (1st – 5th October), Guardian24’s Marketing Manager, Alison Lambert writes about why it’s so important to strike a good balance.
It’s important that we all have a good work-life balance, but what does it really mean? How can you check and why is it so important? If you can answer yes to the following six statements, then you have a really healthy work-life balance. Give it a go…
6 indicators that show you have a good work-life balance
- Work between 5 and 9 hours per day
- Advance notification of what shifts/days you are expected and scheduled to work
- Short travel time – less than one hour to and from work
- Rest and eating periods within your working day/night are taken
- Have spare time to engage in activities that have no connection to work
- Interested in pursuits and hobbies outside work
Need to assess your work-life balance?
How did you get on? Thankfully, I was able to answer yes to all the above, but if you didn’t, perhaps you should assess your work-life balance. Don’t get me wrong, I work in a busy marketing department, so there are times when I do work through my lunch and stay a little later. But it’s not every day and only when we have several events to plan and various projects. It’s usually foreseen and as a team we work to our strengths to get the tasks done, one by one. For me, as a manager striking the necessary work/life balance is a priority for both me and my team. It improves productivity and general well-being.
If you are an employer, how do you think your employees would answer to the above 6 indicators? Not sure? As its National Work Life Week, there’s no better time for both employees and employers to explore how they can work together to ensure your organisation and/or department has a healthy work life balance. Why not join the conversation using #WorkLifeWeek. Remember, if your employees are satisfied, they will be more productive, make less mistakes, have fewer accidents and cause less unrest in groups, which in turn, may benefit your company financially.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), fatigue at work is “the issue that arises from excessive working time or poorly designed shift patterns”. Fatigue can have many types of effects on people including; slower reactions, reduced energy, absent-mindedness, decreased awareness and a lack of attention. At times, we can all feel a bit tired throughout the working day and tiredness is often easily resolvable and can simply be cured with rest and recuperation. Why not check out our “5 Tips to Beat Fatigue at Work” blog post?