In Pakistan like every other country, every morning of a weekday we start our work life with great enthusiasm and energy. Our family helps us in this by giving us support as they prepare morning tea, breakfast, clothes, and other small things. However, often, work takes precedence over everything else in our lives. The desire to professionally achieve something can push us to line aside our own family life.
What is work-life balance, and how it is important? Carving a harmonious work-life balance is critical, while, to enhance our physical, emotional, and mental well-being, it is also important for our career. Work-life balance is the state of equilibrium where an individual evenly prioritizes the stress of career and the demands of personal life. Various reasons that commonly cause a poor work-life balance include: Working for long hours, Increased responsibilities at work, Responsibilities at home.
An optimal work-life balance has several positive effects, which include less stress, a lower risk of being exhausted, and a greater sagacity of well-being. These effects benefits in addition to the employees, affect the employers too. Factually work-life balance is the way to distribute your life hours in a sensible manner to avoid over-stressed life at work and a less happy family.
Nowadays the work-from-home phenomenon has changed the concept of work-life. Owing to the pandemic of Covid-19 now working remotely from home is a universal happening. It is true that the new normal is like Flexi-timing. We work at will. When we find it suitable to work, we work and when we need a family break, we take it. But still, we manage to complete the given tasks in time and with efficiency though we are at home. The family is happy now because they have more time to spend with us. Equally the various family chores are done by us during any time of the day. However, it is now tougher to balance the work-life. We are now our own judge. We have to restrain from mixing the working hours with family life. Interestingly it is not one-sided. The family has to reciprocate. The kids do not understand the importance of office hours. They are so innocent that they just crawl into our “home-based official life”.
Whether we are at office premises or workplace or at home during office hours, we need to learn to discipline ourselves. The colleague, the deadlines, the customer-oriented work, and all are the same. Structuring our day can increase productivity at work. Prioritizing our health first and foremost will result in a far better employee and a person. We must remember it is possible to achieve a reasonable work-life balance, but we have to have a desire to do it.
Work-life balance is the adjusting of our time and mental capacity used on our work and our life outside of the work. This adjustment should allow us to complete all tasks and assignments required from us at work promptly at the same time as having the energy to spend on personal interests, hobbies, family, and friends or simply relaxing.
This balance will allow us to maintain impetus at work in order to achieve long-term career goals and fully enjoy our time outside of our work by being able to focus on the tasks at hand. This doesn’t necessarily mean an equal balance, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution we could be trying for. An ideal work-life balance is one where we have been productive at work while still having the time to enjoy life outside the office.
Over the past decades, in many contexts, work stress has augmented. With changes in technology, we are also more likely to bring our work home. Lack of work-life balance carries us towards a wide variety of negative outcomes for both life and work. For example, a lack of work-life balance may mean less engagement in family relationships, higher rates of depression, and lower quality of life. At the same time, it is apparent that a lack of work-life balance may lead to increased absenteeism, lower job satisfaction, lower loyalty, higher turnover, and increases in psychological distress that spill over and affect productivity. Most men and women in wealthy countries see work-life balance as a serious point in assessing job opportunities. The strategies for better work-life balance may affect not only outcomes for individuals but contribute to societal level outcomes, such as improved gender parity in employment and wages, reduced poverty and inequality, and increased productivity. Overall, the work-life balance is important for both improved work and the life end results, as well as improved societal upshots.