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  1. 1. WORK LIFE BALANCE Presented By: Rachna Kralia (23) Ruhi Beri (24) Sakshi Rangaroo (26) Sakshi Verma (27) Sarandeep Singh (28) Shikha Bhatia (29) Shivendu Sharma (30)
  2. 2. Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle"(Health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation).
  3. 3. Intervention points Personal resource supply Time Energy money Resource allocation Choice of allocation to work Demands on our resources Choice of allocation to non work Work demands Non work demands
  4. 4. Work life balance means spending 50% of your time at work and 50% of your time at home
  5. 5. Work life balance occurs when individuals with a finite amount of mental, physical and emotional resources allocate those resources in way that corresponds their personal and/or professional goals.
  6. 6. Women desire more work life balance than men
  7. 7. Annual Career Builder survey finds that 1/3 of men would quit their jobs to stay at home if they could afford that Many studies have found that there is no gender differences in experience of work life conflict Men and women are both affected by non work and work demands Findings in relation to gender differences in work and non work domains are often weak or inconsistent
  8. 8. Work life balance is synonymous with workfamily balance or family support vs
  9. 9. Equating work life balance and family support as synonymous assumes only those with families desire balance Can lead to backlash to single employees or employees without children Research on singles friendly culture is a response to this backlash
  10. 10. Does not mean an equal balance. Trying to schedule an equal number of hours for each of your various work and personal activities is usually unrewarding and unrealistic. Will vary over time, often on a daily basis. The right balance for you today will probably be different for you tomorrow. The right balance for you when you are single will be different when you marry.
  11. 11. There is no perfect, one-size fits all, balance you should be striving for. The best work-life balance is different for each of us because we all have different priorities and different lives. An effective work-life balance definition has two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us. They are daily Achievement and Enjoyment
  12. 12. Meaning Achievement Enjoyment  Conquering, Winning Something..  An Accomplishment  Pride  Satisfaction  Happiness  A sense of well being  All the joys of living…….
  13. 13. Work life balance is… Achievement & Enjoyment in WORK SELF FAMILY FRIENDS
  14. 14. Defining Work- life balance…. Meaningful daily achievement and enjoyment in each of the four life quadrants: FRIENDS SELF FAMILY WORK
  15. 15. The Mathematician's View A balanced life is one where we spread our energy and effort - emotional, intellectual, imaginative, spiritual and physical – between key areas of importance.
  16. 16. The Analyst View A wheel has spokes to ensure its strength and balance. Unequal spokes can make the ride very bumpy, or completely break down
  17. 17. Striving for a perfect balance
  18. 18. Is it a 50-50 split? Or is a 70-30 split?
  19. 19. • Balance is elusive and difficult to maintain. • Compromises are constantly made, with the scales of balance shifting along with the occasional long workday or work assignment, family obligations, or any one of a number of life’s little surprises.
  20. 20.  2 out of every 5 employees are dissatisfied with the balance between their work and personal lives  The lack of balance is due to: – – – – Long work hours Changing demographics More time in the car Deterioration of boundaries between work and home
  21. 21. “No one can have everything and do everything at the same time” -Oprah Winfrey The inability to balance work and family demands has been linked to :reduced work performance increased absenteeism lower commitment poor morale
  22. 22. At work you can create your own best WorkLife Balance by making sure you not only Achieve, but also reflect the joy of the job, and the joy of life, every day. If nobody pats you on the back, pat yourself on the back. And help others to do the same.
  23. 23. When you are a person that not only gets things done, but also enjoys the doing, it attracts people to you. They want you on their team and they want to be on your team.
  24. 24. It is nothing….but giving yourself PERMISSION to have more integration between your professional and personal life
  25. 25. Reasons for Imbalance • Competition • Individual Career Ambitions
  26. 26. • Global Economy • Longer working hours
  27. 27. • International business
  28. 28. – Learn to say “NO” – No one is indispensable – Stay at HOME. Listen to music Љ Љ Љ – CHILL OUT
  29. 29. Courage to say “NO”
  30. 30. • Stress – higher levels of work load • But “Take it EASY” • Else High BP!! • So De-Stress • Take up: – – – – Yoga Painting Mediation Deep Breathing!
  31. 31. • • • • • • Read Fairy Tales to your child Take a pet Eat cotton candy, ice cone Go on holiday An impulse outing with family. NO one’s looking!!
  32. 32. • In family, divide the tasks like Dusting… • In Work place : – DELEGATE – “Don’t do their fishing for them, Teach them how to fish”
  33. 33. • Do Not get pulled from different directions • One step at a time. • Let go to see light, discover new ways to get things done.
  34. 34. • • • • • “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy” Take a walk, Go to Yoga or Gym Take up Sport, Pet, Hobby Well balanced food Please SLEEP on time
  35. 35. • Never Procrastinate • Avoidance takes up more energy than actually doing it
  36. 36. • Look around you. So many things to be grateful about. • Make a list of things you are thankful for…
  37. 37. • Plan Ahead, – Long Term – Medium Term – Short Term
  38. 38. Work (what we do, careers, housework, chores, etc) Relationship (personal, friendships, partners, spouses, children) Self-Care (spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, health, wellness, exercise)
  39. 39. Work
  40. 40. Work
  41. 41. So how do we go about achieving the Work-Life Balance ? No cookie cutter solution. Each person has his/ her own formula defining the composition of career, family, friends and self into their integrated whole. Dream When people's lives are out of balance they are unable to identify the obvious options for themselves and their families Be Selfish Yourself First U are no good to anyone if U yourself are indisposed Focus on whatever u are doing. Maximize your productivity at work and don’t let unfinished business carry over into your personal time. Always put in your best effort.. Even if its not your core competence
  42. 42. Be Organized. Disorganisation is the theft of time. Try to manage your day, instead of having the day manage you. Make lists. Use technologies like PDA to offload the stress of remembering Prioritize. Lists invariably become lengthy. Identify those which contribute towards a balance between work and life Don't procrastinate. Why invite stress to build up. It is only a compounding multiplier leading you in one direction only Be flexible. Change is imminent. Those who accept this and work around change are the most productive, best-adjusted individuals Plan, but do not run your life on a time table. Its important to prioritise, but be mindful that nothing is static
  43. 43. Don't be a slave to your e-mail or to phone calls With Technological advances … peoples expectation of response has risen proportionately. The need to be needed is addictive One needs 'downtime' to refresh mentally, emotionally or physically. Know your weakness and strengths Improve your skills as necessary to enhance your productivity and reduce your stress. Be forgiving, especially of yourself. You are human. You will make mistakes and fall short of the ideal, including your own. Don't wallow in guilt. Learn from your mistakes. Set boundaries and learn to say no. Being a good employee, spouse, parent, and friend doesn't mean blindly giving into everyone else's demands and spending all your time and energy doing for others as they dictate.
  44. 44. Relationships
  45. 45. Personal relationships are the fertile soil from which all advancement...all success... all achievement in real life grows
  46. 46. Don’t let that day come for your loved ones without telling them what they mean to you Hang out with your family or treasured friends. Talk to them. Listen to them. Understand them. Spending a little time with someone shows that you care, shows that they are important enough that you’ve chosen — out of all the things to do on your busy schedule — to find the time for them. Value the relationships Truly connect with lovable ones through good conversation. Many times its our actions, not just our words, that really speak what our hearts feel. Taking the time to connect with those you love will bring you true happiness. The more you do it, the happier you’ll be.
  47. 47. Team Chose the right team members, better than yourself … invest time in the process Know your team members, colleagues & supervisors … their strengths and weakness. Monitor initial engagements .. Just like a life guard monitors new swimmers Trust them and delegate … make yourself dispensable, so that u can play a larger role in strategic initiatives and career development of team members Don’t try to soldier along on your own without asking for help … it can only result in a sense of isolation, martyrdom and exhaustion.
  48. 48. Care Self
  49. 49. Take time for yourself. This may sound difficult for people who believe they are in very responsible position … who think they are indispensable. Find opportunities within the busy work schedule Take more Frequent though short breaks Establish good, supportive relationships, both at work and home. Give up the hesitation of knowing your colleagues better. Its important to foster real teamwork and create an environment in which employees respect and are willing to assist each other. Children frequently enjoy being a useful member of the family - especially if they understand the importance of it. Try the Home working (tele working) model to address those pressing personal/ family needs. Worry , but only to the point it helps
  50. 50. Purpose: To focus on how to successfully combine work, family relationships and leisure time into a satisfying life.  Approach: – To create a skill set that enhances the ability to evaluate priorities, focus on the big picture and use long range planning » Use prioritizing and organizational skills to make sense out of conflicting demands
  51. 51. • Determining Your Priorities What are the essential components to a quality life? What are you truly passionate about in life? What do you value most? Rank order these areas of your life according to the amount of time and energy you spend on each.
  52. 52.  Prioritizing the tasks and planning the activities can help to take out some free time which can be utilized for other purposes.  TIME MANAGEMENT is one of the best solutions which can help to reduce the imbalance between the personal and the work life of the employees.
  53. 53. Learn how to say YES as well as NO It’s easier to say no to unwanted tasks if you’ve already committed to something you do want to do.
  54. 54. Establish your ABSENCE as well as your PRESENCE Set a schedule for being physically elsewhere and unavailable, and stick to it.
  55. 55. Do a LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING as well as ALL OF ONE THING Master the art of multitasking.
  56. 56. Determine your TASKS as well as your PRIORITIES Many activities, small and large, are the steps that lead to your goal.
  57. 57. Work until your TIME IS UP as well as until your TASK IS DONE Approach every task with the goal of making progress during a specific amount of time, then move on to the next task to maintain forward momentum.
  58. 58. Bring some of your HOME TO WORK well as some of your WORK TO HOME You live in both worlds; look for ways to bring them together
  59. 59. Seek to INTEGRATE YOUR PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL ACTIVITIES as well as to SEPARATE WORK AND PLAY Doing so can maximize your effectiveness and satisfaction in both spheres.
  60. 60. Tips from corporate  WORK NEAR HOME “Try to cut down the commuting time.” says Pushkar Singh Kataria, 38,VP,group HR, Vedanta Resources. At lunch hour he heads home-10 minutes from his office.  ONLINE SOCIAL NETWORKING CAN WAIT Curb checking your Facebook profile or professional network account to set a time during the day or week. “You can save time and spend it on yourself,” says Anita Belani, country head, Russel Reynolds. Source:
  61. 61.  PAMPER YOURSELF Indulge yourself. Spend a couple of hours in the garden, play with children, or cook. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. “Pamper yourself a little more every day and you’ll see a big payoff at work and home.” says Gurmeet Singh, area director, India Maldives, Mariott Hotels. Source:
  62. 62.  On-the-Job Training o Surveys of employees’ work/life issues. o Set priorities for all work. o Train line managers to recognize signs of overwork. o Seminars on work/life balance.
  63. 63.  Make Work More Flexible o Flextime o Job sharing o Sponsoring employees’ family-oriented activities.  Allow for Time Off from Work o A formal leave policy. o Paid childbirth or adoption leave. o Allow employees to take leave for community service.
  64. 64.  Flex-Time  Telecommuting  Child care  Adult care  Leave  Job-sharing  Employee assistance programs  In-house store/services  Gym subsidies  Concierge services  Vacation  Work hours
  65. 65. • Number of hours an employee is expected to work per week. • Few companies expect extra hours without compensation and some pay.
  66. 66. Paternity Leave • Leave given to fathers • To standardize the rights of employees to have family leaves.
  67. 67. Child Care • • • • • Basically for dual income households In-house child care facilities After school programs Subsidised child care Referral services
  68. 68. Vacation • Companies have different norms for vacation • Seniority receive more vacations • Additional vacation time as a reward of good work
  69. 69. Telecommuting • Allow employees in white collar jobs to work from home • Allow employees to spend less time commuting • Makes the schedule flexible
  70. 70. Organizational • Increased individual productivity, accountability and commitment • Better team work and communication • Improved morale • Less negative organizational stress Individual • More value and balance in daily life • Better understanding of work life balance • Improved on-the-job and off-the-job relationship • Reduced stress
  71. 71. Benefits of WLB at work • Feel more rested and energized • Working more productively and get more accomplished, leading to greater career success. • More fulfillment from work.
  72. 72. Benefits of WLB in life • Improving relationships with family and friends. • Better physical and mental health. • Making choices about your priorities, rather than sacrifice any. • More leisure time to spend with loved ones, or time for yourself.
  73. 73. IBM  Free membership to children of all IBMers to the GenieKids Resource center through out the year - The Resource Center houses a library, activity based games, pottery classes, computer classes etc.  IBM employees can also attend Parenting Workshops at the Resource Center, covering topics like "Developing Child's Intelligence", "Communicating towards better parenting", "Developing parent child relationships", at discounted rates through out the year Accenture  Incorporated family events into its employee calendars, with social gatherings or outings where the whole family comes together. Mandatory number of holidays, discounted gym and saloon memberships and even in-house work-life effectiveness managers and career counselors are all attempts by Accenture to counter stress and maintain the work life balance.
  74. 74. Case Study
  75. 75. Need o Staff expect greater freedom, flexibility and cooperation from their employer than ever before. o great opportunity to challenge dated perceptions of working patterns, particularly the notion that the number of hours worked by an individual or team is, itself, a fair reflection of their effectiveness. o seeks to recognize the need to balance the need for excellent client delivery whilst adopting industry preferred practice people management.
  76. 76. Initiatives undertaken o Employees are eligible to apply for flexible working and have the right to appeal if their request is declined. o supports the right of employees to take time off work to deal with child o care and family duties and has various policies and procedures in place to deal with such instances. o The firm’s intranet hosts a policy document and has been developed for flexible working offerings, supported by comprehensive toolkits, checklists, guidelines, a flexible working calculator and real-life case studies. o Line managers in the business work together with HR to evaluate requests. o Requests to work flexibly are e-enabled, so that we can easily monitor applications received, accepted and declined and to help identify industry preferred practice.
  77. 77. o o o o o o o Glide Time Additional Holiday Purchase Unpaid Leave Career break Home working Part-time working Job sharing
  78. 78. Case Study
  79. 79. • The challenge • Being First Choice for People is essential if Morgan Stanley is to attain its goal of being First Choice for Clients. Consequently, Morgan Stanley wants to provide the best possible environment for its employees. • Response • Morgan Stanley is committed to working towards greater flexibility and greater freedom of choice in work-life balance decisions. • developed Balanceworks, a programme to provide employees with services and policies designed to give additional support for managing their increasingly demanding lives.
  80. 80. Balanceworks initiatives o FLEXOPT policy providing employees with a range of flexible working arrangements; o Employee portal offering a range of services to help employees manage day to day needs; o Internal employee networks, which are support and/or affinity groups; o On-site fitness centre & occupational health services;
  81. 81. o o o o Employee Assistance Programme; Generous maternity leave policy; Emergency nursery places; Childcare vouchers
  82. 82. FACTS OF WLB Finding a ‘perfect’ balance between work and life is rare. The nature of that balance is different for every person, and changes over time for each person. So one shouldn’t strive for perfection, but to constantly be aware of making choices that will benefit all aspects of our lives.
  83. 83. In the end, the key word is balance. – Find the right balance that works for you – Celebrate your successes and don’t dwell on your failures. – Life is a process .. and so is striving for balance in your life.
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