The ‘COVID-19’ Pandemic has reshuffled and aligned how we, as a nation work.
Whether you have adopted remote work, or are considering finding a role where you can work from the comfort of your own home, it’s always great to talk about the importance of a healthy, remote work-life balance.
Today’s remote work culture (technology advancements, thank you!) comes with many benefits. You save time commuting to the office and spend those hours with the family or participating in the things that you love the most. You can create a flexible work schedule to manage work and personal responsibilities, finding both the most productive times for work, whilst fitting in time for yourself.
The State of Remote Work Report 2021 finds that just under 98% of people want to work remotely, at least some of their time, during their career. During and after the pandemic, many employees have started working from remote locations, temporarily or permanently.
I’m sure that we’re all well aware that whilst working from home can have its obvious benefits, it can be equally as hard to switch off, and poses a new challenge for maintaining that all-important healthy work-life balance. Following on from that, with Mental Health Awareness Week taking place next week, we thought this would be an appropriate topic to open up a conversation about.
The Importance of a Healthy Work/ Life Balance:
Work-life balance is critical to physical and mental wellbeing. It describes how employees distribute their time between personal and professional obligations. A good, well-balanced work-life balance means you are allocating your time properly without overworking, enabling you to focus on your family, friends, and hobbies.
Here’s why work-life balance is important for both employers and employee, both in the office, or working from home:
A perfect balance between work and home increases the engagement levels of workers. I’m sure we have all felt it; after a satisfying day at work, there is no better feeling than relaxing afterward; enabling the next day at work to feel productive without that nagging fear of tiredness or burnout.
Employees like employers enabling this balance, and they become loyal advocates for the brand, and equally office culture. So, whether working in a physical office space or a remote location, work-life balance is critical to happiness in and outside of work.
Less Job Burnout:
Stress is inevitable – we all become stressed from time to time! In fact, it’s something that we should open up about more.
Fortunately, workplace burnouts are avoidable by making concentrated efforts to avoid overworking. Job burnout happens when we become overwhelmed and can’t meet the constant demand.
As a result, it affects almost all aspects of our lives. So, employers should encourage workers to take a break and leave work where it belongs, at work. Importantly, we will cover methods to combat burnout associated with work in a later blog post, which we will be delighted to be sharing next week as a part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Being able to sustain a healthy work-life balance results in a greater ability to concentrate on what’s happening in the present. This is referred to as mindfulness.
When you can maintain a good work-life balance, you can focus more on the tasks at hand. This results in increased retention and increased productivity, whilst feeling content within your role and home.
Fewer Health Problems:
Overworked and stressed individuals eventually develop health problems. This can include mental illnesses and physical or neurological issues. When you work remotely, you have the additional stress of fulfilling many personal obligations as well. The above can lead to weight gain or loss, insomnia, nervousness, as well as frequently getting illnesses.
It’s clear why a good work-life balance is critical to everyone, including employers, employees, and everyone in between.
Fortunately, there’re proven strategies to deal with remote work burnout and maintain a healthy work-life balance, we will discuss those in an article next week as a part of Mental Health Awareness Week; keep an eye out!
So, how do you ensure a good work-life balance while working remotely, or even in the office? How to you ensure consistent productivity across a team? How do you ensure proper energy and time allocation between professional and personal responsibilities?
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