Your Work-Life Balance

work life balanceHow's your work-life balance? 
First off, what is it and why is it so important?

Wikipedia explains it this way: "Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation)."

Personal ambition and drive may get you higher in the workplace and ratings with your boss, but the trade off is you miss out on personal time and family life.  A proper balance between your work and private life is important for your health and happiness. Studies show that if you take a break from work on the weekend or a holiday, your brain has a chance to rest and recharge, and you'll be more effective and able to accomplish more when you do go back to work.

But technology has blurred the edges between work and home, we can now take work home on a USB drive, or email a project to ourselves to work on at home. We can pick up messages and answer emails 24-7. We no longer need to be in the office in order to work effectively.

Telecommuting, or working at least some hours from home, is more popular than ever with employees and progressive thinking employers.  It gives people more control over their work and home balance, they can work the same number of hours, but adjust when they work those hours to suit their personal lives.  Parents of young children particularly like the flexibility of telecommuting.  Employers find it costs them less in employee sick days and lost time, less in overhead costs and they have happier, more productive employees. It's a win-win.

But whether you're able to telecommute for your job, or not, you need to keep a balance between your work life and your home life.

Until next time,
Joyce at JeMs

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