National Work-life week
Date: 3rd October 2016
National work-life Week 2016 will be taking place from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th October.
In this day and age employees are finding it more & more challenging to juggle work, along with family life. Regardless of your profession, the demands of a job can take over, especially when customers expect businesses to provide a 24 hours’ service, employees are putting in extra hours or using smart phones to check emails or be on call.
Many people find themselves constantly torn between the pressures of work and personal life. We need to earn a living, but we also want quality time with our partners, our family, our friends and for ourselves. It can often feel as though there just aren't enough hours in the day or days in the week. It seems even though we have a vast array of modern time-saving technologies we all have less and less free time.
If you're feeling stressed at work, talk to your manager about your workload. Sometimes it can help to review priorities together to help you schedule your work. Employers need to be aware of where pressures lie in order to address them. Take proper breaks when you're at work, regularly skipping lunch or not drinking enough water during the day will only make you feel worse. Our bodies are not designed to spend 8 hours a day sitting and looking at a computer screen. Exercise helps to rejuvenate and reduce stress levels so join a gym or go for a long walk after work. Try going for a walk at lunchtime if possible as fresh air can refresh employees ready for the afternoon.
Smartphones and tablets are great for staying in touch but they also mean we can be online 24/7 - even when we're not at work. Try to set a deadline each day to switch off your work phone and stop checking emails. When you're on holidays try to avoid taking work calls or picking up emails. Before you go on leave, make time with your line manager to plan cover for work while you're away. If there's something really urgent you need to deal with, try to agree on a short window of time when you can respond and stick to that.
Lots of people feel it's far too formal to schedule time together as a couple or as a family. But sometimes setting aside regular time to see each other is the only way to make it happen. Agree a regular day when you have a meal together or go to the cinema, knowing that you have to be somewhere by a certain time also helps you leave work on time. Similarly, planning to meet friends after work helps you stay in touch and a good chat can help you de-stress if you've had a tough day.
The National work-life week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on well-being at work and work-life balance.
Encouraging employees to ‘go home on time’ on Wednesday 5th October – http://www.workingfamilies.org.uk/news/what-is-go-home-on-time-day/
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