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Balancing life with work February 2012

  1. 1. Balancing life with work by Toronto Training and HR February 2012
  2. 2. 3-4 Introduction to Toronto Training and HR 5-6 DefinitionsContents 7-8 9-11 Three categories of work-life balance Rethinking the concept of work-life balance 12-13 Types of initiative 14-15 Five work-life domains to manage 16-18 Top work-life challenges 19-20 Barriers to a healthy lifestyle 21-23 But I’m an entrepreneur! 24-25 Questions that unleash work-life balance 26-28 When is enough enough? 29-30 How can financial management help work-life balance? 31-34 Improving work-life balance 35-36 Make the most of your time off 37-38 Getting a proper break from work 39-40 Presenteeism 41-43 Commuting 44-46 An example of rules 47-52 Canadian trends for 2012 53-58 Case studies 59-60 Conclusion and questions
  3. 3. Introduction Page 3
  4. 4. Introduction to Toronto Training and HR• Toronto Training and HR is a specialist training and human resources consultancy headed by Timothy Holden• 10 years in banking• 10 years in training and human resources• Freelance practitioner since 2006• The core services provided by Toronto Training and HR are: - Training course design - Training course delivery - Reducing costs - Saving time - Improving employee engagement & morale - Services for job seekers Page 4
  5. 5. Definitions Page 5
  6. 6. DefinitionsWhat is work-life balance?What is work-life enrichment? Page 6
  7. 7. Three categories of work-life balance Page 7
  8. 8. Three categories of work-life balancePersonalBusinessCommunity Page 8
  9. 9. Rethinking the concept of work-life balance Page 9
  10. 10. Rethinking the concept of work- life balance 1 of 2Replace work-life balance with purpose andpassionLook at the blend over the previous twelve monthsIdentify the ‘seasons’ in the organization’sworkflowKeep in mind your family’s ‘seasons’ too Page 10
  11. 11. Rethinking the concept of work- life balance 2 of 2Build up a ‘hard work’ bank account with yourorganizationWhen you’re at work, really engageWhen you’re at home, really BE at home Page 11
  12. 12. Types of initiative Page 12
  13. 13. Types of initiativeFlexible workingLeave and time offChildcare facilitiesHealth and wellbeing Page 13
  14. 14. Five work-life domains to manage Page 14
  15. 15. Five work-life domains to manageManage timeManage energyManage thinkingManage emotionsManage relationships Page 15
  16. 16. Topwork-life challenges Page 16
  17. 17. Top work-life challenges 1 of 2MEN25% spending time with family23% financial stress23% finding personal time19% finding time to exercise Page 17
  18. 18. Top work-life challenges 2 of 2WOMEN24% financial stress21% finding time to exercise19% finding personal time19% finding time to spend with family Page 18
  19. 19. Barriers to a healthy lifestyle Page 19
  20. 20. Barriers to a healthy lifestyleLack of timeLack of facilitiesLack of motivation Page 20
  21. 21. But I’m an entrepreneur! Page 21
  22. 22. But I’m an entrepreneur! 1 of 2Keep a scheduleAllow for overlapEstablish boundariesTake time off when you canIf you really want that break to feel like one, turnoff your technologyRecognize that you don’t need to revolutionizeyour life with grand, sweeping changes in order toachieve balance Page 22
  23. 23. But I’m an entrepreneur! 2 of 2Become a family businessReview your plansAsk for helpMake work-life balance a priority Page 23
  24. 24. Questions that unleash work-life balance Page 24
  25. 25. Questions that unleash work-life balanceWhat are the most valuable things to work on?Are there ways to change the process to reducefriction and create glide paths?Can we tackle big things with little goals to flowmore value along the way?How can I spend more time in my strengths, andless time in my weaknesses? How can I help others to spend more time in theirstrengths, and less time in their weaknesses? Page 25
  26. 26. When is enough enough? Page 26
  27. 27. When is enough enough? 1 of 2What is enough for me, my work, my family, mysoul?Where does my wanting stem from?If it is scarcity, can I ask myself what I might wantif I knew it were enough and that I had enoughright now?How do I define balance? How would I know I hadit? How do I know when I don’t? Page 27
  28. 28. When is enough enough? 2 of 2How can I create a support system wide and deepenough in which I can nurture all aspects of myselfand experience all I want to experience?If I stopped trying so hard to create balance in mylife, what would be present and possible for me? Page 28
  29. 29. How can financialmanagement help work- life balance? Page 29
  30. 30. How can financial management help work-life balance?Get organizedStop stuffing envelopesSave time with your accountant Page 30
  31. 31. Improving work-life balance Page 31
  32. 32. Improving work-life balance 1 of 3Schedule as much as possibleSay no to the good things, so you can say yes tothe great thingsVolunteer for somethingTake breaksTurn your phone on silent when you’re with friendsor family Page 32
  33. 33. Improving work-life balance 2 of 3WORKSchedule brief breaks throughout the dayCreate a To-Do list every dayOnly respond to email three or four times a dayAddress concerns about deadlines and deliverablesearlyTake all of your vacation timeParticipate in wellness programs Page 33
  34. 34. Improving work-life balance 3 of 3HOMECreate a buffer between work and home Make adistinction between work and the rest of your lifeDecide what chores can be shared or let goExerciseMake healthy food choicesPursue a hobby Page 34
  35. 35. Make the most of your time off Page 35
  36. 36. Make the most of your time offPlan in advanceTie up any loose ends before you goTurn the BlackBerry offDo a thorough handoverDon’t feel guiltyTry something newCatch up with friendsIndulge in some ‘me’ timeLeave a contact number……but only for emergencies Page 36
  37. 37. Getting a proper break from work Page 37
  38. 38. Getting a proper break from workGet over the instant gratificationManaging emergencies and expectationsTake vacations from communicationsPlan a sit down with your familyIntroduce old school etiquette into the mixRevisit your personal communications policyregularlyIt’s up to you to control the situation Page 38
  39. 39. Presenteeism Page 39
  40. 40. PresenteeismDefinitionIllnesses reportedReasons for existence; work-relatedReasons for existence; personalEffects of presenteeismRecommendations Page 40
  41. 41. Commuting Page 41
  42. 42. Commuting 1 of 2The larger and more populous the region, thelonger it takes to get to workCommuting takes longer by public transit than bycarLow residential density neighbourhoods are lessconducive to public transitTraffic congestion makes commutes longer andaffects many workersMost workers are satisfied with their commutingtimes Page 42
  43. 43. Commuting 2 of 2Traffic congestion is a major source ofdissatisfactionPublic transit users are more tolerant of longercommuting timesWorkers with longer commutes find most daysstressfulWorkers with longer commutes are less satisfiedwith their work–life balance Page 43
  44. 44. An example of rules Page 44
  45. 45. An example of rules 1 of 2Family first with no exceptions, friends next andeverything else after thatGo to bed at the same time each night and get upat the same time each morningConstantly be readingCreativity and great ideas do not keep office hoursso write as much as possible - especially when themood hits Page 45
  46. 46. An example of rules 2 of 2I manage my technology and do not let technologymanage me-as an example I check email when Iwant to - not when it comes in and turn off allemail notifications (both online and mobile)Dont focus on the money instead focus onbuilding wealth and what Ill do to change theworld once I get there (or along the way)Never eat alone Page 46
  47. 47. Canadian trends for 2012 Page 47
  48. 48. Canadian trends for 2012 1 of 5A greater demand by consumers for services in theevenings, weekends and holidaysA lack of comprehensive childcare support formany CanadiansAn increase in urban sprawlGreater innovation and adaptation of workplacetechnologiesAn increase in passive activities among childrenand adolescents Page 48
  49. 49. Canadian trends for 2012 2 of 5An aging populationLeisure and culture activities are becoming moreexpensiveFewer Canadians are working long hours, butmore are working non-standard hoursMore people are feeling caught in a ‘time crunch’More Canadians – especially women – areproviding care to seniors Page 49
  50. 50. Canadian trends for 2012 3 of 5The percentage of retired adults 65 years of ageand over engaged in active leisure has remainedstableSubstantially more seniors are volunteeringWe are spending less time on social leisureactivitiesArts performance and attendance have droppedWe volunteer less for culture and recreationorganizations Page 50
  51. 51. Canadian trends for 2012 4 of 5The percentage of children and adolescentsparticipating in organized, extracurricular activitieshas stayed the sameAdolescents are increasingly exceedingrecommended times for TV, video games andcomputer use-significantly fewer are having mealsat home with parentsThe percentage of parents reading to pre-schoolchildren has remained stable Page 51
  52. 52. Canadian trends for 2012 5 of 5Our participation in physical activities has tailed offVisits to National Parks and Historic Sites are wellbelow pre-9/11 levelsWe’re taking slightly longer vacationsWe’re spending more on culture and recreation Page 52
  53. 53. Case study A Page 53
  54. 54. Case study A Page 54
  55. 55. Case study B Page 55
  56. 56. Case study B Page 56
  57. 57. Case study C Page 57
  58. 58. Case study C Page 58
  59. 59. Conclusion and questions Page 59
  60. 60. Conclusion and questionsSummaryVideosQuestions Page 60