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Work Life Balance!

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Does your job leave you time and energy for the other aspects of your life? Do you think that the reconciliation of work and personal life is a myth?
If I ask you what is the most important thing in your life, I imagine that work will come after family, health, friends ... However, it is likely that your work takes most of your time, energy, imagination, ability decision … If you want to check the balance you currently have in your life, you can do a self-diagnosis with the Wheel of Life .

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Work Life Balance!

  1. 1. Actions To Encourage Work And  Personal Balance In Workers In  Companies!    It is the interest of organizations today, to encourage in their collaborators  the balance between personal and family life for several reasons: first,  due to an awareness of social responsibility, and second, as a reaction to  the new ways of thinking of people in relation to meaning. from work  (work to live, not live to work) and finally as a loyalty strategy for its  employees.  This is why intentional actions to encourage said balance become a  powerful tool to prevent effects derived from stress, since they favor the  increase of regulators associated with family and social life. It is  important to bear in mind that the benefit is not limited exclusively to  physical and mental health, there are also effects on job satisfaction, 
  2. 2. which is reflected in the decrease in turnover and absenteeism indicators  in organizations.    Here are some simple actions that will make it easier to achieve balance:  ● To sensitize leaders to this issue to avoid actions such as: assigning  activities frequently outside the day, contacting their workers during  non-working hours for issues that can be resolved the next day, etc.  With this, the collaborators manage to “disconnect” during the break  time and enjoy family time  ● Allow vacation days to be taken at various times of the year. This  allows more times a year to have spaces for interaction and  relaxation with the family. 
  3. 3. ● Implement flexible hours, with different options; Thus, people will  be able to respond for the assigned results, attending to some  family matters, which if not attended to, generate tension and blur  ● Provide spaces according to the particularities of the population, for  example, free afternoon on Halloween for those with children under  certain years  ● Within the labor welfare agreements, include entities related to  healthy eating, sports activities, family activities, hobbies, etc.  ● Generate policies regarding departure and entry times. Preventing  people from starting earlier or lengthening their day, unnecessarily.  ● Train employees in techniques for effective time management and  prevention of procrastination  Personal, team and finally organizational productivity cannot be achieved  if people are not connected and since the human being is integral and  personal and family life is the protagonist of any person's life, it becomes  an issue. to attend to in organizational environments, to be sustainable  and facilitate the expected growth.  WORK IS NOT THE MOST  IMPORTANT THING  Does your job leave you time and energy for the other aspects of your life?  Do you think that the reconciliation of work and personal life is a myth? 
  4. 4. If I ask you what is the most important thing in your life, I imagine that work  will come after family, health, friends ... However, it is likely that your work  takes most of your time, energy, imagination, ability decision … If you want to  check the balance you currently have in your life, you can do a self-diagnosis  with the Wheel of Life .   In general, I have been able to verify that the work takes the best of most  people, and cI think this should not be so. In this post I want to share with  you some thoughts about it. But first I leave you a wise phrase from my  friend the little prince:  I know a planet where there is a ruddy Lord. He never smelled a flower. He  never looked at a star. He never loved anyone. He never did anything but  accounts. And all day he repeats like you: "I am a serious man! I am a  serious man!" and that inflates him with pride. But he is not a man, he is a  mushroom!  Why should we  reflect on the  importance we  attach to work?  Bronnie Ware , an Australian palliative care nurse, accompanied terminally ill  patients for years. Through the conversations he had with them he  discovered that their regrets had certain similarities. He decided to collect 
  5. 5. such wise recommendations in his book " The Five Commandments To Have  A Full Life ", or "Top Five Regrets of The Dying".  And where does the job rank on this list of regrets? The second!  Ware sums it up like this "I wish I hadn't worked so hard . " Unsurprisingly,  this regret is more common among men. Almost all of the men served by  Ware regretted that they spent most of their lives at work instead of  spending more time with their family watching their children grow up.  I think it is reason enough to reflect deeply, proactively , before reaching the  age of 80.  I also made this same observation accompanying people at the end of their  life… work. In my first professional experience, at the headquarters of a large  French company in Paris, I met many executives about to retire. They had  had a successful professional career, but many of them regretted having  sacrificed other aspects of their lives. This first experience made me reflect.  By the way, you can read my other article to discover all these most common  regrets. But I anticipate that the regret that occupies the first position in the  Bronnie Ware ranking is: "I wish I had the courage to live the life that I wanted  and not the one that others expected of me" Does that sound familiar? If not,  I recommend you go through my manifesto. 
  6. 6. Why does work  absorb us so much?  In general, work occupies us a lot ... too much. It is common to leave work  tired, without energy and with a lot of stress.  If so, why do we dedicate so much to work? I know the answer is not unique,  but I want to share with you some reasons that I have discovered based on  my own work experience.  1. We need to earn a salary  Work is essential for most people in order to survive or reach a certain  standard of living. That does not mean that we should make it a speculative  activity. Many people long for a higher and higher salary. They progressively  adapt their consumption habits to salary increases and end up being  prisoners of this level of income to maintain their way of life.  I am not saying that it is not true that the financial need may be great. But if  the work that allows you to meet your needs does not allow you to live a life  according to your mission and vision , then I think you should look for an  alternative.  2. We seek social recognition  One of the first questions a stranger asks us when we start a conversation is  "What do you do?" This says a lot about the importance we place on work. 
  7. 7. Work gives us status and social recognition. This is even more evident in  countries like Italy in which the profession is used to identify someone  outside of work "Doctor", "Engineer" ...    In our society it is much more difficult to achieve this type of social  recognition through other aspects such as the way we care for and educate  our children. I think the mothers and fathers who have decided to quit their  job to dedicate themselves to their children will agree with me.  In my opinion, this search for recognition through the profession is food for  our ego. It is an approach that makes little sense if we look at it a little  perspective. Who wants to be remembered on the day of his funeral for  having been a great financial analyst?  A particular case of social recognition is that of our parents. It may seem  anecdotal but I think it is not. In conversations with friends and colleagues I 
  8. 8. have come across many people pursuing a position that allows them to  achieve that recognition.  3. It brings us satisfaction in the short term  I think it is much easier to achieve "success" in work than in the rest of the  aspects of life . If we dedicate time to our work, we will end up achieving  mastery that will give us some satisfaction. It also allows us to get specific  short-term recognition (congratulations, raises, incentives ...) and our ego  likes that a lot.    These kinds of "awards" are much harder to come by outside of work. There  is no incentive for having managed to give the children a good education.  Efforts in the couple, friends, children's education, personal development,  health ... give long-term results and are more difficult to measure.  4. We let others decide for us 
  9. 9. It seems that the path marked out for a successful professional career is that  of promotion to positions of increasing responsibility . However, having the  capacity to fill a position does not automatically mean that we should take  the leap.    I do not know if it works the same in other countries, but from my short  experience I am clear that a promotion is associated with more  responsibilities, availability, worries, stress ... That is why I am clear that we  should not take this step without having assessed the effect on our balance  and if the new position is aligned with our personal and professional mission  and vision .  I have never had ambition. I only seek to do things that interest me, in which I  can contribute and that allow me to grow as a person. I think this comes from  a life lesson I received in my youth: 
  10. 10. My mother worked for many years as a nurse, caring for the elderly. It was  done in this profession because an essential part of his life purpose was to  help people. In the last 10 years of her career, she was "promoted" to head of  a small nursing home. Although he continued to contribute to helping people,  his daily work had a large part of personnel management, administration,  billing ...  This change that could be seen as a professional "success" translated into a  distancing from his purpose and a higher level of stress and worry. In his last  year of work, he had the courage to ask to return to his previous position. It  was a great lesson for me.  And then is there  something good in  the job?  Of course! Work is an essential part of our life.  Karl Marx already said in the XIX century "work dignifies man" . I am clear  that a well planned job makes us feel accomplished, capable, useful,  necessary, self-sufficient, part of society …  In fact, I don't think it's a good option to have a boring job for the money we  need. Although it allows us to have a good family conciliation. We would be  wasting 8 valuable hours each day of the only life that we have to live. 
  11. 11. Work also helps us develop and grow as people. This reason is what guides  me, in addition to charging a floor 😉   I have always looked in my jobs for an opportunity to learn, develop new  skills, get out of my comfort zone ... In fact, it was the main reason for my  last job change. Leaving a job that no longer gave me so much, for another  that is allowing me to grow.  Not to mention all the vocational or service professions. In this case, work  becomes a tool to achieve its purpose. Anyway, I think you should always try  to maintain balance.   I love this phrase from Confucius "Choose a job that you like and you will not  have to work a day of your life."  How do you get a  good work-life  balance?  To begin with, we should not let others decide the type of work that  corresponds to us or the time that we should dedicate to it. There is a lot of  victimhood in relation to work. "It is that my work is all urgent", "It is that in  my company it is not well seen to leave on time", "It is that no colleague has  asked for full paternity leave" ... All these phrases consolidate us in a  position of victim instead of taking our responsibilities and proactively  deciding this important aspect of our lives. 
  12. 12. Luckily we live in a time and in a society in which slavery does not exist.  Except for very special cases, when you say "They force me to work longer  hours", you are the one who decides to do it.  The first thing we need is to be clear about the space we want to reserve for  work in our life. For this it helps a lot to be clear about our mission and  personal and professional vision. If you haven't done it yet, I encourage you  to define your personal 5-year vision using the template that you can  download in my toolkit:    Once you are clear that you are the only one responsible for your life and you  know where you want to take it, you will have no difficulty in making the right  decisions at all times. In my brief professional career, I have missed some  "opportunities" to make the leap to positions of greater responsibility,  because I felt that they were not aligned with what I was looking for at that  time. 
  13. 13. When I had my children, the fact of being clear about the priorities in my life  made me ask for several reductions in working hours. I was the first man in  my company to do it and I am clear that it was the best decision.    Enjoying the afternoon with my first daughter Candela. I could have been  in a very important meeting ...  When we dedicate too much time to work, we end up leaving aside many  other commitments with ourselves and with others (relationship with a  partner, education of children, sports, hobbies ...). One way to ensure that  work does not end up occupying all the available space is precisely by  making firm commitments in other aspects of our lives. In my case, the  attention that I want to dedicate to my children or the commitment to write in  this blog acts as a "short fire". 
  14. 14. If you are interested in the idea of ​​committing yourself in a balanced way to  each of the aspects of your life, then I am sure you will like my CreaTuVida  agenda.   
  15. 15.   conclusion  I think we are all clear that work is not everything in life. However, most  people will at some point regret spending too much time on it. But on a daily  basis there are many factors that push us to dedicate more and more to work  (more money, recognition, ego…) to the detriment of other aspects of our  lives.  Work plays an essential role in our life and in our development as a person.  But it is up to us to define the place we want it to occupy. In the end  everything is in balance.  I leave you with an inspirational quote and some practical advice. 
  16. 16. And remember, you decide your life if you don't want others to decide for  you!  A hug! Sylvain.  CLICK HERE FOR OUR FREE GIFT   

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