In today’s busy world, prioritizing between your work and your personal life can be a huge challenge. Research studies have shown that a poor work-life balance can result in unhealthy levels of stress, unhappiness, and even reduced productivity. A recent survey by a Mental Health Foundation in Britain found some shocking findings of how a poor work life balance can affect individuals. It was found that one third of individuals who took part in the survey felt unhappy or very unhappy about the time they devoted to work. 40% of employees were found neglecting other aspects of their life because of their work which was thought to increase their vulnerability to mental health problems. A quarter of the individuals felt depressed, one third felt anxious and more than half of them felt irritable. Findings between men and women found that women reported feeling more unhappy than men which could probably be a consequence of competing life roles and more pressure to ‘juggle’.
Since past research shows how poor work life balance can affect an individual’s health both physically and mentally taking preventive measures is important. Having an unhealthy work –life balance can affect an individual’s productivity at work. Many employers complain that their employees are taking too many leaves, low levels of concentration, low quality of work.
Ask yourself how your work-life balance is? Are you satisfied with your ability to meet work and non-work role demands? How much conflict do you experience among your varied roles? For instance, do you experience conflict between your work role (employee, supervisor, or co-worker) and your non-work roles (parent, child, spouse, friend, club or community member)? Do your multiple roles enrich one another or take away from each other? That is, do the experiences in one role improve performance and satisfaction in your other roles? Are you satisfied with the number of hours you devote to your work roles and to your non-work roles? Do you have enough time to take care of your “personal business,” tend to your health, cultivate and express non-work interests, and to recover from your hard work? If the answer to any of the above questions is bothering you talking to someone about it can help you and bring about a healthy work –life balance and a better quality of life.
Uthista Ram Thota
Bsc Psychology, Msc Psychology,
P.G. Diploma Applied Child Psychology (U. K)