I’ve been browsing around for some articles and I thought I’d share this one defining what work-life balance really means in 2019. Here are some snippets from it.
It’s been 20-some years since work-life balance discussions went mainstream. Back then some bosses sent salaried employees home at 5 pm sharp because research showed that work-life balance led to increased productivity.
WHAT IS WORK-LIFE BALANCE?
Work-life balance refers to actions, decisions, and obligations that define the amount of time one spends on work and on the rest of one’s life. As this definition suggests, some of our work-life balance is within our control (actions, decisions) and some of it is not (obligations). This is why both employer and employee have a part to play in improving work-life balance.
CAN STRESS BE GOOD FOR YOU?
Before we continue, let’s take a quick detour into the new science of stress. Is there “good” stress and “bad” stress? Research from the University of California at Berkeley has shown that intermittent stress (limited in duration) provides a surprising array of benefits. These may include improved mental performance and the growth of new neurons. “Some amounts of stress are good to push you to the level of optimal alertness, behavioral and cognitive performance,” says Daniela Kaufer, acting associate dean and professor of integrative biology at Berkeley.
WHY MAINTAINING A WORK-LIFE BALANCE IS IMPORTANT?
A work-life balance helps us to be our best, at work and at home. It promotes health and resilience, enabling us to enjoy our lives more and to be creative and productive.
And it gives us time to participate in our communities, growing the bonds and networks that strengthen neighborhoods. The Harvard study we mentioned earlier even suggests that a decrease in workplace stress could significantly reduce soaring healthcare costs in the U.S.
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