Did you know that 12.5 million working days were lost in 2016/17 due to work-related stress, depression and anxiety? See Labour Force Survey . Just think about the negative impact that this had on business productivity and profitability.
I am aware that there is no single solution to a good work-life balance. However, It is important that WE as leaders find a way that works for us and our organisations.
Here are some very simple steps that you can take to help you on your way to a better and more balanced life.
- Be realistic and true to yourself
You don’t always have to be perfect. Stop being hard on yourself when you can’t get it right. After all we are all humans and make mistakes.
- Plan time for family or friends
Deliberately organise an outing or activity with family or friends for the weekend or take an odd day off. This will help you to escape from your work stresses and enjoy some valuable time with your loved ones.
- Start exercising
Invest in an activity, sport or hobby that you really enjoy. Exercising is a very good way of releasing stress and the endorphins will help you to stay positive.
- Promote work-life balance in your work place
Lead by example. Enforce set morning and lunch-time breaks; support staff and their well-being in the workplace; encourage employees to work sensible hours and promote a culture where they feel confident to talk about their well-being.
I know from my own experience that as an ambitious leader, I constantly strived for excellence and totally ignored my own well-being. I recall a situation when I was so poorly and doubled up in pain and yet I still decided to drive myself to work on a busy motorway for 45 mins.
I miraculously arrived safely and dragged myself into my office to take phone calls from staff who were unwell and organise cover for any absences. I was later woken up by a member of staff, who found me lying on the floor, semi-conscious and was immediately driven to the hospital for observation.
Ignoring your personal life and wellbeing will make you more vulnerable to both mental and physical health problems. Put yourself as a key priority and have a much smarter approach to your role as a leader and follow these 4 tips to help YOU gain control of your work-like balance.
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