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  • 1. Work/Life Balance
    Presented by: William Schopp
  • 2. What is Work-Life Balance?
    Where do you stand? Take the quiz
    The Personal Case for Work-Life Balance
    The Business Case for Work-Life Balance
    How do we get there?
    2
    Work-Life Balance Agenda
  • 3. 3
    What is Work-Life Balance?
    “the balance between Achievement & Enjoyment in all 4 areas of your life:
  • 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. Benefits of a Work-Life Balance:
    At Work
    • Feeling more rested and energized
    • 9. Working more productively and getting more accomplished, leading to greater career success
    • 10. More fulfillment from work
    In Life
    • Improving relationships with family and friends
    • 11. Better physical and mental health
    • 12. Making choices about your priorities, rather than sacrifices among them
    • 13. More leisure time to spend with loved ones, or time for yourself
    6
    The Personal Case for Work-Life Balance
  • 14. 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.
    • 15. 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.
    • 16. 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.
    • 17. 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:
    • 18. perform better in their jobs
    • 19. have less stress
    • 20. have more positive attitudes
    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
  • 21. 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:
    • Why am I doing this?
    • 22. When did I start doing this?
    • 23. Did I intend to keep doing this?
    • 24. Do I want to continue doing this?
    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 
  • 25. 9
    Good points to remember:
    • “The goal is BALANCE. But the key is PERMISSION”
    • 26. Learn to say ENOUGH before your body goes “TILT”
    • 27. Take advantage of government, employer and other initiatives such as EAP, child care facilities, fitness memberships etc
    • 28. Stop sending yourself SOS messages
    • 29. Acknowledge your competence, increase your confidence.