Work Life Balance: If people don’t have time to relax and recharge, their ability to do their job decreases and their performance level suffers?
Work-life balance is about creating and maintaining supportive and healthy work environments, which will enable employees to have balance between work and personal responsibilities and thus strengthen employee loyalty and productivity.
Today’s workers have many competing responsibilities such as work, children, housework, volunteering, spouse and elderly parent care and this places stress on individuals, families and the communities in which they reside. Work-life conflict is a serious problem that impacts workers, their employers and communities.
Long work hours and highly stressful jobs not only hamper employees’ ability to harmonize work and family life but also are associated with health risks, such as increased smoking and alcohol consumption, weight gain and depression. Work life conflict has been associated with numerous physical and mental health implications.
Work-life conflict has negative implications on family life. Their work responsibilities interfere with their ability to fulfil their responsibilities at home.
A growing number of employers have implemented wellness programs or pay for their employees’ gym membership as part of a benefits package. Some companies invite fitness trainers or yoga instructors into the office to hold lunchtime sessions.
Companies that have implemented work-life balance programs recognize that employee welfare affects the “bottom line” of the business. Finally, self-management is important; people need to control their own behaviour and expectations regarding work-life balance.
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