With the rise of flexible working, the use of technology in the workplace and the ability, for some, to work from anywhere, the lines between work and home have become considerably blurred. Although it can be difficult to manage, creating a balance between working and personal life is conducive to positive mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Today (Monday 7th October) marks the start of National Work Life Week, which provides an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on wellbeing at work and work-life balance, so here are our top 5 tips for achieving a healthy work-life balance.
1 Work smarter, not harder
If you’re not working productivity, you’ll most likely end up putting in extra hours. Staying late in the office or taking your work home with you on a regular basis can cause many issues, such as feeling overworked, stressed and exhausted. The key is to prioritise your tasks and manage your time wisely – check out our blog for more tips on working smarter.
2 Take a break
Whether it’s making a coffee, taking a walk outside or catching up with a colleague, regular breaks help you to stay focused and are essential to your mental and physical health. The breakout areas in our Thrive work spaces – equipped with coffee machines and comfy chairs – are designed to provide respite from the office as well as a place for tenants to meet, hang out and collaborate.
3 Use technology wisely
Technology provides countless opportunities to improve the way employees work; it enables professionals to be more productive, work more flexibly and perform tasks from almost anywhere. However, it can also be detrimental by connecting people to their work 24/7, creating an ‘always on’ culture. That’s why it’s important to set boundaries with your use of technology, such as setting a curfew for sending work emails and turning notifications off as soon as you get home.
4 Learn to say no
Many people overwork themselves by accepting every task that comes their way. Yes, you want to impress your boss, but taking on more than you can handle can induce stress and leave you burnt out. If your work demands are getting too high, you need to speak up. A good manager will support you and help you find a solution.
5 Go on holiday!
This may sound obvious, but many employees don’t use all their holiday entitlement. A recent study by the CIPD and Simplyhealth found that nearly two-thirds of UK businesses reported ‘leaveism’ (where people use holiday leave to work) in their organisation last year. It doesn’t matter how you use it – whether it’s a holiday abroad, spending time with your kids or just a day at home getting stuff done – taking time out of work gives you the opportunity to switch off, relax and recharge.
The way we work is changing; modern professionals are more likely to blur the lines between work and home than ever before. Some people suggest that ‘work-life balance’ is dead and has been replaced by ‘work-life integration’ – the idea that employees have to blend what they do in their personal lives with what they do professionally to make both work. However, this is just semantics; they are essentially the same thing – a need to manage both work and personal lives in a way that enables people to feel healthy, happy and productive both in and outside of work.Category - Blog