Achieving a healthy work-life balance
Life as a working parent can be tough. Whether you are working purely for financial reasons, to keep your foot on the career ladder, or maybe because you feel isolated and unfulfilled being a full-time mum (or dad), chances are at some point you will feel guilty that you have chosen your job over staying at home with your children. But whatever your reasons for working, it is possible to be a successful employee and a great parent too as long as you manage to get the work-life balance right.
Work-life balance is a popular concept usually used to describe a working pattern which gives employees the opportunity to fulfil their obligations and interests outside work, such as family, friends, hobbies, etc and which recognises the importance of time spent on non-work related activities. A perfect balance between work and homelife is something all working parents aim for, but in reality most parents feel constantly under pressure as they strive to meet targets at work, whilst at the same time trying to be the perfect parent at home, with endless enthusiasm and energy to have fun with the kids, and a tidy house and full fridge to boot!
If you struggle to achieve that elusive work-life balance, you are not alone. With longer working hours than ever before, and mobile technology meaning it can be hard to leave work behind when you leave the office, it is even more difficult for the 21 st century working parent to juggle work and home life. However, it is well documented that people work best when they are not overstretched trying to balance work and family life, and an unhealthy work- life balance can lead to stress, increased errors at work, anxiety, fatigue, depression, relationship problems and ultimately time off work if things are left unchecked for too long.
Read on for ten ways you can improve your work-life balance.
Improving your work-life balance
Article published on MyFamilyCareVouchers.co.uk (Subscribers Only Parenting Site), June 2010
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