The workplace is one of the greatest sources of stress in a person’s life. Take some time to think about that statement.
Everyone at some point of their working life has felt the pressure of work related stress. Pressure at the workplace can sometimes be unavoidable due to the nature and demands of the work. When that pressure becomes excessive or otherwise unmanageable it leads to stress. Sometimes the best stress reducer is simply sharing your stress with someone close to you.
“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just important as our answers.” – Fred Rogers
Work related stress can also be caused by inadequate work systems and processes, demanding management, unsatisfactory working conditions, and lack of support from colleagues and supervisors.
“Stress and anxiety at work have less to do with the work we do and more to do with weak management and leadership.” – Simon Sinek
Improving work life balance is one strategy to reduce work related stress. Quality of life outside work can act as a shield against the stress caused by the demands of work.
Employers often hate the words work life balance. It leads to organisational change the employer is not comfortable with. The reality is a good work life balance can improve performance in the workplace and have benefits for both employers and employees. Initiatives that build a positive work culture and embrace worker autonomy are proven to increase productivity and make for happier people all round.
So what is work life balance?
A work life balance will mean something different to everyone. One interpretation is having the motivation, time, and resources to do well both at work and in your personal life. Getting the balance right can make you happier, healthier and more productive in all aspects of your life. So, find your equilibrium and find happiness.
For employers, it means creating a flexible and happy work environment for all. Ensuring employees have the time they desire away from the office and enjoy their time spent in the office.