With the fast pace working culture, it’s easy for members of the workforce to get overwhelmed and make unnecessary sacrifices to their personal lives. With all the technology available to finish tasks in a timely manner and the ability to send constant messages to coworkers, it’s difficult to get away from work. The problem with employees not being able to get away from their work life is that it causes other problems that can affect the company’s success.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama shared,
“We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to-do’ list.”
Employees who focus on work when they have days off can lose focus on other aspects important to their life like family, friends, and personal health. An imbalance of work and personal life can cause employees to suffer from depression and other conditions that can affect their productivity and well-being.
There are ways both workforce leaders and employees can do their best to keep a healthy work- life balance. Employees can create schedules where they spend a healthy amount of time in and out of work and devote time strictly to both. The leadership team can also offer benefits to their workforce like paid time off, vacation days, and flexible work schedules, all of which can help employees not feel too overwhelmed and not make unnecessary sacrifices.
American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton wrote,
“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”