As leaders, we have the responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of ourselves and our teams is catered for and, as a result, are able to perform at our best. But in today’s interconnected world, work-life balance is becoming more and more difficult to manage.
The option to work flexibly, for them, is a must. So - all good so far, but when we begin to dig deeper, we see that technology can be a double-edged sword. The expectation to be always ‘on’ can find to be very overwhelming and the line between work and life begins to blur. Me for example, I found myself unable to stop thinking about the list of potential emails sat next to my bedside table as I try to sleep. When settling down to watch the latest episodes of Suits, I find my fingers slowly edging their way towards my laptop (Nobody should have Suits interrupted, ever!) With the advancements in technology, it seems there are some wins and some losses to our flexibility and our ability to manage a healthy work-life balance.
My advice to you?
It is important to set boundaries. Ensure your time off is time off and be disciplined in the hours you do out of the office. Yes, work from home. Yes, do a couple of hours in the evenings if you must. But when you are done, turn off, unplug and leave work at work.
Other things to do to conquer the technological temptation:
Work can provide tools and implement a culture of boundaries to help manage our work-life balance. Well rested employees with lower stress-levels are and will always be happier, more productive and successful at work. And, when it comes to attracting and retaining quality staff, having the tools in place to promote a healthy work-life balance is extremely beneficial for your organisation.
Written by Helen Turnbull, a Senior Conference Producer at Liquid Learning.