4 What is Work-Life Balance? (Continued) Health Canada says that there are 4 main categories associated with Work-Life Balance: Role Overload = when total demands on time and energy related to multiple roles are too great to perform the roles efficiently Work-to-Family Interference = when work demands and responsibilities make it difficult to fulfill family role responsibilities Family-to-Work Interference = when family demands and responsibilities make it difficult to fulfill work role responsibilities Caregiver strain = when the demands to care for someone else take precedent over your every day life
Work/Life Balance Quiz - Agree/Disagree I feel like I have little or no control over my work life I regularly enjoy hobbies or interests outside of work I often feel guilty because I can't make time for everything I want to I frequently feel anxious or upset because of what is happening at work I usually have enough time to spend with my loved ones When I'm at home, I feel relaxed and comfortable I have time to do something just for me every week On most days, I feel overwhelmed and over-committed I rarely lose my temper at work I never use all my allotted vacation days I often feel exhausted - even early in the week Usually, I work through my lunch break I rarely miss out on important family events because of work I frequently think about work when I'm not working My family is frequently upset with me about how much time I spend working This quiz can be found on: http://www.cmha.ca/bins/balance_page.asp?cid=2-1841-1842&lang=1 5 Where do you stand? Take the quiz
Making choices about your priorities, rather than sacrifices among them
More leisure time to spend with loved ones, or time for yourself
6 The Personal Case for Work-Life Balance
Employer Benefits to Employee Work-Life Balance:
Absenteeism – Workers tend to be away from work more frequently when they’re stressed. Absenteeism results in lower productivity if work is not completed, or overworked colleagues and potentially, overtime costs to cover for the absent staff member.
Disability Costs - Workers who are stressed may be more susceptible to mental health problems. The cost to employers when staff experience serious mental illness is significant. Disability costs can be up to 12% of a business’s overall payroll cost, and mental health claims are the fastest growing category of all disability costs.
Competitiveness in Hiring and Retention of Workers - When employers think about recruiting and retaining workers, they often think first of the competitiveness of the salary and benefits package. These are critical factors, obviously, but more and more, employees are looking for non-financial benefits when choosing a workplace.
Positive Culture leads to Profitability -A work environment that supports work-life balance attracts and retains employees and promotes higher morale throughout the organization. When employees feel supported at work, they:
Managers who communicate clearly, sincerely care about employees and offer flexible work hours when possible are rewarded with employees who trust them and genuinely try to do a great job. 7 The Business Case for Work-Life Balance
8 How Do We Get There? Step 1: Write Down all the Roles You’re JugglingMany people are not aware of how much they are asking of themselves. Ask yourself some questions:
Step 2: Determine What’s Most Important (Your Priorities)How do you want to live your life? Ensure that you are taking time for personal care such as regular physical activity, which helps you stay healthy and provides a break from home and work responsibilities. When you take care of yourself, you have the energy to care for others and be effective at work.Step 3: Use Your Priorities to Rearrange Your Life and Decide Where to Spend Your Time and EnergyBe realistic about how much of yourself you can give. Say “no” to less important tasks and activities, so you can say “yes” to what you really want (or need) to do. Decide where you can relax your standards to make your life easier.Step 4: Give Yourself Permission to Make Necessary ChangesCan you share the workload at home and work more as a team?Step 5: Just Do It, and Don’t Feel GuiltyAchieving balance requires compromise. For example, could you work four days a week and manage on a smaller paycheque in order to have more time at home? Decide what will work best for you, and then talk with your employer