What does work-life balance mean to you?
Do you sleep with your work cell phone next to you and your pillow? Are you accessible 24 hours a day, how often? Do you see your family as often as you want to? Are you happy with the hours you put into your job vs the hours you have for yourself, with friends and family? What is your stress level? How is your blood pressure? Are you happy?
According to the Mayo Clinic:
There was a time when the boundaries between work and home were fairly clear. Today, however, work is likely to invade your personal life — and maintaining work-life balance is no simple task.
This might be especially true if you’re concerned about losing your job due to restructuring, layoffs or other factors. Technology that enables constant connection to work can eat into time at home. Work-life balance can be especially difficult for parents of young children; almost 60 percent of employed first-time mothers in the United States return to work within 12 weeks after childbirth.
For many workers, creating a work-life balance means managing how technology works for us vs against us in our day to day lives. Technology makes it easy to communicate with anyone anywhere in the world around the clock. This can work to our advantage when we establish a work-life balance and schedule that suits the professional and personal life we want. That’s why amazing resources like flexjobs.com is at the forefront of helping build a workforce with flexibility.