Work-Life Imbalance: The Silent Killer

“If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.”
– Mother Teresa, Nun and missionary

If you’re an ambitious, career-focused individual then long working hours are expected from you. But, there has to be a room for a personal life, right? After all, life is all about balance and how well we deal with multiple different situations. A recent study found that 3 out of 5 working professionals rated their current work-life-balance between average to terrible.

We all try to do our assigned targets (eg. daily activities or office work) on time in order to have a balanced lifestyle. After all, life is all about maintaining balance.

While we understand that putting in extra efforts are essential for a successful career but not at the cost of your personal time and goals. This does not mean that we should quit our jobs. The actual solution to this lies in creating a workplace that promotes work-life balance and is somewhat flexible with its policies.

The ideal professional lifestyle should be just as calming as it is demanding, physically as well as emotionally. Work-Life balance is the basic requirement for a healthy career and a fulfilling day of work. 

The sensible way to commit to work-life balance would be to provide an open and safe space where all employees are free to express their concerns, ideas and opinions.

In the absence of such liberty, employees of the organization may start to feel pressured and muted, leading them to take desperate measures. This makes it harder to maintain any balance whatsoever, let alone that between work and personal life. But with such responsibility companies must be more accountable. While some employers encourage a more healthy balance to attain higher productivity and relieving the workers of their stress. 

Almost 70% of respondents said they spent between 1-2 hours commuting to work while 75% said they would prefer to work from home. Half of the people said that their organization did not have a policy in place for work-life balance at all while the rest say they weren’t aware of any such policy. 

There are a number of reasons for work-life imbalance. If ignored or not taken into consideration, lack of balance can make one’s life hell.

Hung Up – Large part of the workforce is keen on joining large corporations and are getting slaved under the pretext of quality exposure, but at the cost of their personal lives and strict working conditions.
Silence – While some roles encourage individual ideas and suggestions, the typical leadership styles shut them up. This refrains workers from actively sharing something new with confidence.
Chain of Command – More often than not, when working in large companies, workers are bound by the rigorous policies and must operate under the same.
Up In Smoke – With intense pressure from management, the stress build-up results in the employee picking up unhealthy and even harmful habits.
Pain Killers – To rid themselves of the physical toll that the burden along with it, medications, especially headache and anti-depressant pills are a usual sight in the modern-day workspace

You can take control of your own work-life balance by aiming to not only achieve but also reflect the satisfaction of your work. If you find that there is no one around to appreciate you or your work, do it yourself and if you can, help others do the same. Being this person who gets their work done and enjoys it makes for someone who people want to team up with.

This drive is targeted towards both, workers and leaders to promote a healthy work-life balance. We all need to adopt effective strategies in action for work-life balance. Not only is this helpful for organisations to optimize their productivity but also helps workers to be more attentive.