Make The Best Of A Poor Work-Life Balance
Finding the perfect work-life balance has been a founding principle of wellbeing rhetoric for much of the past decade. However, with employees facing ever-longer commutes and a growing trend for keeping workers ‘on call’ 24hrs a day, is the concept of a good work-life balance an achievable goal or just a life coach’s pipe dream?
Working is a killer. Long hours at the office have been linked to everything from heart disease to depression and strokes in medical journals. Unfortunately, many Australians have to make a decision between job security (and the financial stability that comes with it) and other concerns like health and socialising.
A report from The Australia Institute in 2015 indicated that the situation has gotten progressively worse over the last few years. To the extent that the 1,000 participants surveyed work an average of six hours per week in unpaid overtime. Whilst Sweden is considering trialling six-hour work days, many Australians feel held to ransom by their employer.
A similar study from the previous year found that 77% of employees believe that they’re powerless to improve their work-life balance; an average of 62% of people are unable to afford a choice of life over work. A similar proportion of Australian workers noted that the ideal mix of life and time at the office is impossible under current laws.
It sounds grim, but that doesn’t mean you need to panic straight away. There are several ways you can separate your home life from your job without incurring the wrath of your boss.
Firstly and, perhaps most importantly, start to schedule things; you’ll feel more confident about leaving on time if you have somewhere to go. You can also employ a similar mindset during your work day. By finishing the most important tasks early in your shift you can reduce the stress at the end of the shift.
Disconnect yourself from work when you’re at home. Turn off company phones, log out of corporate email accounts, and otherwise make yourself unavailable. The simple act of closing your work laptop at five-thirty instead of eight-thirty reclaims fifteen hours a week. Hours you can spend on socialising, reading, yoga, or just watching TV.
On that latter point, it’s good to find a hobby. Things like mobile gaming can provide an outlet from the stresses of the office. Some wind down by playing roleplaying titles. Whereas others relax by engaging in more adult endeavours like poker and blackjack. But, remember: You should always check out some new Australian online Casinos at sites like this.
Finally, it’s old advice but spend as much time as possible outside during the work day. Check Google Maps for parks near the office and go exploring at lunchtime; take up poetry or photography. If the company you work for has a shower on-site, you could also try running or cycling to or from work.
Wednesday November 23rd is Go Home on Time Day in Australia – a day created specifically to raise awareness of the employees ‘donating’ work to their employers by staying late at the office. Try to create a day for yourself. Getting out on time just once a week could make a huge difference to your work-life balance.
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