The average time we spend working in comparison to our entire lives averages out to one-third, making our workplaces akin to a second home without comfort. With the amount of time we spend working, it is crucial to maintain a healthy balance between our work and private lives without jeopardizing the other.
As jobs have changed over the decades, so have the environments and expectations employees face. Since the sixties, office jobs have become the norm, with most jobs being done online or digitally. This environment involves smaller work circles yet a broader net of connectivity to people globally.
According to Lensa, recent developments have also popularized working from home, which works for some individuals but can also be harmful for others. The separation of work and home life can become blurred, and work stress seeps its way into your private life.
Office spaces are communal and away from home, yet can also be a great source of stress for many. It isn’t just the direct social aspect that can induce anxiety and result in burnout, but the increase in responsibilities, spending more time at work, your home life being difficult and tarnishing your focus, and so on.
The American Psychological Association has countless articles on the effects stress has on employees in relation to their careers and workforce. Such individuals are more likely to miss deadlines or work, engage less, decrease group morale, and slow down the attainment of their own and the company’s goals, meaning there is a cost to society thanks to personal burnout.
There are personal and company-wide strategies that can not only prevent burnout but also ease stressed employees into finding their work-life balance once again.
Prevention And Balancing
Promoting healthy and flexible workplaces is in the hands of employers. As employers, it is important to promote flexibility and humanity while also staying firm in your authoritative position and keeping on track toward the company goal.
We must keep in mind that no one lives to work, but you need work to live. Being more understanding but also stern is a great approach to setting boundaries while still continuing workflow, and this goes for both employers and employees.
Remember to take a step back and assess where you currently stand in comparison to how you are feeling and what your overall goal is. Only then can one make the correct adjustments to benefit everyone.
Imperfection is the perfection of life. Achieving that work-life balance, everyone boasts about will not only look different for everyone but will also stagnate as life changes and continues. Everyone should be realistic with their goals and compromise on the ideal outcome for one that everyone can accept and live with.
There are three health factors every employee should prioritize over work: physical, mental, and emotional. Overworking and burnout can attack your health when you least expect it. Be realistic with your responsibilities, know when to say no, and make time for yourself to unwind and do things that you enjoy that aren’t necessarily productive.