With globalisation and rapid technological advances, boundaries between work and home are blurring and demands on workers and enterprises have never been higher. But once we have our life finally balanced, the things that threw it out of balance in the first place are likely to be subdued for a time, before they again raise their ugly heads once more, and then again, and again over our lifetimes, in different and mysterious ways.
They can choose to stay home and obsess about work, or take work home every night and weekend, or use their time off to be a couch potato, channel surf and sleep. But that trend is all wrong, argues US academic Matt Might in his work-life balance blog Think of it this way, he suggests: The equation for work is: output = unit of work / hour × hours worked.
One explained, in a typical comment, He understands the demands of my role and does not put pressure on me when work takes more time than I would like.” In other words, male executives tend to praise their partners for making positive contributions to their careers, whereas women praise theirs for not interfering.
The government has also established a new certification system for employers who create an employment environment that is favourable to raising children and encourages better work-life balance. Evaluate each area of your life to determine what you would like to change or improve, and where you would like to direct more attention or focus.
However, at the core of an effective work-life balance definition are two key everyday concepts that are relevant to each of us. They are daily Achievement and Enjoyment, ideas almost deceptive in their simplicity. I used to always have a dreadful list that was always running through my mind of all the things that I needed to accomplish, mainly work related.
Managers who pursue work-life balance in their own lives model appropriate behavior and support employees in their pursuit of work-life balance. Now a new quiz has been created to help determine exactly how well you are managing your work and life. For some employees, achieving work-life balance is about finding time to devote to exercise or a hobby.
A full-time worker in the OECD devotes 62% of the day on average, or close to 15 hours, to personal care (eating, sleeping, etc.) and leisure (socialising with friends and family, hobbies, games, computer and television use, etc.). Fewer hours in paid work for women do not necessarily result in greater leisure time, as time devoted to leisure is roughly the same for men and women across the 20 OECD countries studied.
High quality childcare and childcare leave encourage better work-life balance and labour market participation of women. Group meets regularly and provides a forum for lawyers to share experiences and strategies on the integration of work life and personal life.
Take your time out to do something fun and relaxing and make sure it’s a long enough break that it gives you a chance to evaluate how you’re spending your time and if aspects of your life might be out of balance. In sum, a reduced prevalence of the long-hours culture, a greater role for flexible working-time arrangements, and performance-related pay to workers regardless of sex or household status will help Koreans better reconcile work and family life.