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National Work Life Week

Posted by Eimear McCarthy on Wed, Oct 5, 2016

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Did you know it is National Work Life Week? The week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on the importance of work-life balance and general well-being at work. Employees with a healthy work-life balance are more likely to flourish in the workplace, so it’s in employer’s best interests to help them achieve this.

The term ‘work–life balance' refers to a healthy balance between work and other aspects of our lives. Proactive work-life balance measures benefit not only the employees, but also employers. It can help create greater satisfaction with quality of life, lower levels of stress and physical improvements, such as increased energy. A poor balance between an employee’s work commitments and their other responsibilities can lead to stress, high absence and low productivity.

These days finding a suitable balance between work and home can seem almost impossible to achieve which is why we have outlined a few tips to help you put it in place.

  1. Be Flexible

Flexible working is one of the most useful tools in helping workers achieve a healthy work-life balance. More than ever, employees are increasingly concerned about work-life balance and organisations which offer flexi time can often find increased levels of satisfaction among employees. Flexible working can allow employees the ability to adapt their ways of working to best suit their needs, while still being fully committed to their careers.

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  1. Set Priorities

There are only so many hours in a day. So ensuring you have enough time after work for personal situations and relaxation, involves organisation and prioritisation of tasks. You can’t go wrong with an old fashioned to-do list. When you have a lot of tasks to do there is no better feeling than crossing some of them off the list! To feel more balanced in life, simply create lists and set your priorities. Put the most important things on the top, such as deadlines in work or important tasks and family time. This will help keep your work and home life balanced.

  1. Schedule Downtime

Taking time for yourself is important to recharge batteries at times. Something as small as going for a walk during your break, reading a book or going to the gym. With flexible working, you could have the opportunity to work out/get a walk in before or during work. This would also free up some time after work to relax or do something for yourself. Getting out of the office during your lunch break can also do wonders by helping you unwind – it could involve going for a walk, watching a movie on your phone or simply reading a book.

  1. Plan Ahead

Being organised is a great way to help improve your work-life balance. A good way to start is by adding reminders to your calendar so you’re aware of upcoming meetings and appointments. This way it will be easier to make plans and time for yourself around these important deadlines. It can also be less stressful if you plan ahead and don't leave tasks until the last minute.

  1. Remember to Unwind

With so much technology and so many ways to stay plugged in to work after hours, it is important to allow our minds a break when we are doing other activities. Pretty much every piece of technology has an off button, so it is time to use it. This can be easier said than done so it is best to do it in phases:

  • Don’t bring your phone to the dinner table
  • When you are on holidays, be on holidays
  • Don’t bring your phone/tablet to the beach
  • Disable email/notifications on your phone
  • Distract yourself from looking up work emails after hours

Try out these tips so that you can experience less stress and more peace and fulfilment in your life. This is the perfect week to give it a go. You will be pleasantly surprised at how well you will feel!

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Topics: Flexible Working, Work-Life Balance