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The Importance of Work & Life Balance

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No one has ever put it better than my 97 year old father-like friend who has since passed on, “The world has changed.  People have become so busy and their sense of life balance has become distorted.  This to me is a tragedy!”

He was right!  In today’s busy world, more and more working people seem to have a harder time keeping their work life and their family and personal life in BALANCE.    Having to do more with less has become the mantra in the business world and in one’s personal life as well.   For most, our sense of security has been taken away and this seems to have become the norm, which in turn, has resulted in a greater demand on our time.
Since the economy has tightened over the last few years, there has been more work for fewer workers and leaving those that do have jobs with the responsibility of carrying a heavier workload.  Additionally, recent technological advances like cell phones, iPhones, Blackberries and laptop computers have all contributed to the imbalance between personal time and work time. While they are the ultimate in convenience and have saved much time at work, they have also made it easier to have one’s work interrupt and extend into one’s personal and family time as well.   Where do you draw the line!
On a broader scale, the lack of harmony or “imbalance” between work and family may even be responsible for the higher divorce rate and more broken home due to the breakdown in communication amongst family members.  In fact, most families no longer even share what used to be traditional meals together!

By reducing work-life struggles and re-introducing “LIFE BALANCE”, individuals can enjoy a healthier lifestyle while improving productivity at work.

If employees are to remain motivated and appreciated, companies need to remember that their employees still have family and personal responsibilities and other needs outside of their jobs — whether it is caring for their children and/or elderly parents, or the pursuit of personal interests, activities or hobbies.   Companies need to find ways to allow their employees the means to accommodate these obligations and personal needs and, if they do, it can make a real difference to their employees and to your organization.

Work-Life balance means creating supportive, healthy work environments for employees who are striving to integrate their work and personal responsibilities.   Remember, by implementing proactive programs and offering initiatives that support your employees, your organization can strengthen the existing employee commitment and loyalty.  The results will be higher productivity, improved customer satisfaction and healthier bottom line.

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