This paper is intended to show that while advancing ones career, there is a myriad of ways to manage work and life balance. There are some folks in an organization that would just rather show up and continue the status quo of putting in a 40 to 60 hour work week. Not having a level work and life balance can be hazardous to your health and cost you and your company greatly. Not everyone in the workforce desires a work and life balance. In fact, some occupations are not as balance friendly as others. Work and life balance is good for you, good for your health and good for your employer. If work and life balance is what you are looking for then you are in luck as more organizations than ever before are starting to embrace the idea and are putting programs in place which accommodate work life balance. With the use of many of the new technological inventions, company or government incentives and various training programs, work and life balance is easier to achieve than one many think.
How to Manage Work/Life Balance While Advancing a Career
Due to the recent financial crisis in the United States, more and more people are looking for ways to tighten their budgets and stretch their household incomes to the furthest extent possible. At the same time, many people are looking for ways to reduce or eliminate their stress levels caused by their work commitments and commitments to their families at the same time advancing in their career. In the past five years the unemployment rate in the United States has almost doubled from 4.4 percent in 2007 to 8.2 percent in 2012 (“Bureau of labor, “2012). The rise in unemployment could be directly related to the downturn in the economy as many companies are downsizing or re-organizing their workforce to create efficiencies and to help increase the bottom line. This has had to have some type of emotional impact on employees and employers alike over the years and probably has contributed to the stress levels of employees as they no longer have job security, have been reassigned or even had their income reduced. According to an APA online survey (“Apa survey finds, “2011) 36 percent of workers feel they have regular stress as a result of their jobs. Various other questions were asked that dealt with pay, heavier than normal workload, and career advancement, of which many of the respondents had negative responses and one can only assume this would also add to the stress level of the employees and the organization as a whole. Working too many hours for an organization and not allowing for personal time for data dumping, cooling down periods or just to re-energizing yourself is counterproductive. Not only will your boss probably start expecting more from you, your family and friends will possibly start resenting you for being a workaholic will only lead to burn out and this will most likely exasperate the stress and financial concerns tenfold. Having a balance between your work life and your personal life could alleviate some of the causes of the stress and make you more productive inside as well as outside the workplace. If you happen to be a key player at your organization and your level of stress is high, you will not only feel the physiological and psychological effects; your employees or peers alike will be affected. One of the ways to help alleviate or at least minimize the effects of the economy and the stress on the job is to create a healthy work life balance. Work life balance is defined as the amount of time you spend doing your job compared with the amount of time you spend with your family and doing things you enjoy (“Cambridge dictionaries online”). It is possible to have a balance between your professional life and personal life and still progress and climb the career ladder. Many people believe if they are not 100% committed to an organization, work...