Work life balance advice
Finding your balance
We all have a different view on how important work is to us in the grand scheme of things – some are happy to let their life and job become intertwined, while others really value a balanced and clear distinction. In this article we provide some work life balance tips to help you find the right level for your own needs. To help you discover the best work life policy for you and If you're not quite sure where you fit yet, decide to what level you agree with these statements to work out your priorities.
- Being able to spend quality time with my family/loved ones is very important to me
- Maintaining a flexible working schedule/being in charge of my own agenda is very important to me
- Partaking in social/sporting activities is very important to me
- Being able to take regular holidays is very important to me
- When I'm not at work I like to be able to switch off completely
If you agree or mostly agree with all these statements, then work-life balance is very important to you, and you should look for roles that give you this degree of control over your own life. You value friends, family, and your own hobbies, and see your job as a way to lead a more fulfilling life, rather than taking over it.
When considering a new role, don't be afraid to ask your potential employer questions about work flexibility, annual leave and what level of extra-curricular involvement may be expected of you. Be careful not to push too hard though – they will still want to see you are committed to the job and prepared to work hard.
- Going above and beyond in my job is very important to me
- Developing my career is my top priority
- I like to think about work even when I'm not at work
- I really believe in my job and enjoy what I do
- A long commute does not bother me
If you agree or mostly agree with all these statements, you're probably very career-driven and committed to your job. On the flip side, some social relationships and other interests may suffer if you don't strive for some balance, while you should also be wary of your own health.
This attitude may impress many employers, but trying to sustain it for too long could lead you to burn-out, so remember other aspects of your life will need attention sometimes too.
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