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Work/Life Balance December 31, 2007

Posted by rickbron in Bronder On People, Work/Life Balance.

p5130012.jpg  More profits!! Work/Life balance has become the mantra of some management consultants. If we could just get our people to balance their focus at work with their focus outside work we would have more productive, happy employees. Well, this may be true. I really don’t know and a whole bunch of other people don’t know either! Just like many other characteristics of people, work/life balance is personal and as a manager you need to customize your approach to helping people achieve the work/life balance that works for them. It is easy to find a list of potential benefits and costs associated with work/life being in balance or out of balance. Here are some examples:

Benefits — In balance

  • Wider perspective, more creativity
  • Less stress
  • Better relationships
  • More focus
  • Achievement
  • Enjoyment
  • Feeling in control
Costs — Out of balance

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Relationship impact
  • Moody and difficult to work with
  • Dissatisfaction with results
  • Drudgery
  • Overwhelmed

 If you are seeing the benefits, then you have an effective work/life balance. Just keep doing what you are doing. If you are seeing more of the costs, then here are 10 tips to help you bring more balance to your life. 

  1. Keep a log of your activities and eliminate or reduce unproductive activities.
  2. Set clear delineation goals — what time will I leave work today?
  3. Set aside time to do personal reflection.
  4. Join a car pool — this forces you to leave or you miss your ride home!
  5. Share the load; delegate some work to others.
  6. Let someone else take the “hot” tasks.
  7. Apply effective planning to both work and life.
  8. Focus on the most important parts of your world.
  9. Choose your assignments; learn to say no!
  10. Investigate the use of technology to automate some of the tasks you are doing.

 Take a look at your work/life balance. Ask yourself this question. Am I satisfied with the result I am getting today? If the answer is yes, then you are on the right track. If the answer is no, then think about implementing some of the 10 tips above.



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