As remote work becomes a more integrated part of working life, find out what may be happening with work-life balance in 2020.
Work-life balance is the point along the continuum where the demands of your work life, personal and professional life meet. Put simply, it is the time allocated to your work, to enjoying yourself and spend with your family and friends.
A healthy work-life balance is important for a number of reasons. Finding a balance helps to prevent burnout and reduces stress in the workplace. You become a more efficient and productive worker. A particularly pleasant benefit is that you’ll become more motivated, more engaged and enjoy work more.
I think the best one for the person reading this, is that having a good work-life balance will make you think you have more personal time to spend however you want.
Results from a recent survey by the ISS called the ‘2020 Vision ’ suggest that one of the most important shifts in the workplace this year will be helping employees manage their work and private life.
This shift is coupled with another big shift. Companies and employees will have to start thinking about the way they find their work-life balance. Why? Well, 2020’s and the following decades will have to accommodate for five different generations. With a range of different generations comes a range of different problems, therefore they require multiple solutions.
So, as we enter 2020, let’s have a look at some of the potential trends which will influence the work-life balance.
It comes as no surprise, to say that remote working and flexi-work are going to become integral parts of the future of work. There is a continuously growing trend for companies to offer, and for employees to take up opportunities for remote work. It is expected that in 2020, 50% of the UK workforce will have a remote working element integrated into their lifestyle.
Remote working gives employees a greater sense of freedom, and thus the potential for greater ownership, control and relationship of their working life. Thus, benefitting the work-life balance. However, there are things to be wary of when up taking remote work. We’ve covered two separate issues: anxiety and work management.
In 2018, research indicates that almost 40% of UK workers used only half of their annual leave entitlement and perhaps more shockingly, 13% of UK workers used only 20% of their entitlement. If you’re worried about using your days off up, or you want to maximize your time off, there is a strategic way to go about it. Here’s our solution.
If you work around bank holidays you can get almost two weeks off for the price of at most nine. We’ve used the examples of April and December for this year. So, whether it’s because you want to spend more quality time with your family, or you just like relatively long holidays you can use your entitlement strategically. Think about this method if you’re not very good at taking all your holiday.
Recently, Morgan Stanley introduced an onsite nursery for their employees to use. Now, whether you like this idea or not, amenities like this will be becoming more apparent throughout this decade. The ISS survey findings corroborate this. Respondents report the following amenities as important for improving their work-life balance and wellbeing in the workplace: gyms, wellness centres, help with child day-care, healthcare amenities and quiet rooms.
Lunch breaks aren’t just for lunch. Go to the gym, join lunchtime classes, read, go for a walk. Mix your lunches up. Alternatively, split up your lunch break to give yourself more, shorter breaks during the day.
A common theme in the modern professional work life is the blurring of lines between exactly that: work and life. It is important for you this year to set clear and realistic boundaries of where work stops, and your life starts. Set limits on what you will and won’t do at work and home. Communicate these boundaries at work.
Using time more efficiently is an important skill which will help you find a healthy balance. The classic phrase is ‘work hard, play hard’ but is ‘work smarter, play better’ a healthier, more viable alternative? Adopting a combination of efficiency, time-management and creativity, can provide you with a better balance to your work-life.
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