As we enter into a whole new year, resolutions for better health abound. Eat less junk, exercise more, stress less, save more. These are all great ideas, and we’d love to hear your favorite resolutions, but we have another one that seems to be increasingly relevant these days:
With the advent of smart phones, tablets, ubiquitous wifi, hotspots, and video conferencing, it seems like the traditional 9-5 job is a thing of the past. As a result, ‘flexible hours’ now often become extended hours. This is commonly called the ‘second shift’, when someone who worked 8-10 hours during the day works another 2-5 hours in the evening.
While perhaps most visible for working parents, the struggle to balance work and life is something that impacts the entire workforce.
If you are feeling like you never leave the office, or the office never leaves you, a 2015 resolution to seek balance might be a great alternative for you.
This can be a tricky goal, however, because “balance” does not have a specific recipe. There is no single way to achieve it, since family dynamics, schedules, priorities, and work responsibilities are highly individual.
It is essential you speak to your boss or supervisor if you feel like your hours are becoming unrealistic. Do not change your work habits without approval from your boss! (But be sure to talk to your boss if you feel like you are working hours that were not initially agreed upon. Some jobs have necessarily long hours agreed upon at the outset. This is not saying that such jobs are unrealistic. This is simply to say that technology has subtly shifted professional expectations at the cost of non-work life. And that there are solutions.)
In the goal of balance, however, a few specific resolutions might include:
What is your favorite way to achieve work-life balance?