Work-life balance?

work life balance

The results of the latest national survey of Australian workers conducted by the University of South Australia have recently been released. It may not come as a surprise to you, that despite the increasing awareness of work-life balance issues and the importance of them in families and communities, Australians on the whole feel their work-life balance is worsening.

To me, it doesn’t feel right that we call it “work-life balance”. The moniker itself suggests that there is work and then there is life – and we’re all madly trying to find the balance between the two. Wouldn’t it help to think of it all as one? Don’t we want to have a life at work too? Surely we’re all aiming to live fulfilling and rewarding lives? Lives that include work that not only pays the bills, but that we also love.

How do we achieve this nirvana?  Seems the jury is out on this one, but here are a couple of tips to help you on your way: 1. Spend some serious and dedicated time thinking about what your priorities are (as an individual and as a family); 2. Seek out an employment situation that enables you to dedicate enough time to your priorities. This may mean negotiating a flexible work arrangement with your current employer or finding a whole new opportunity. Before negotiating:- know what your ideal arrangement is, know what you’re prepared to accept as a compromise and know what you won’t accept, under any circumstances.

Life is full of compromises, just try not to compromise on the big issues.

According the latest national survey of Australian workers by the University of South Australia, a quarter of full-time women and one fifth of full-time men are dissatisfied with their work-life balance – significantly more than three years ago.

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