How’s your work/life balance?
This week, it’s ‘National Work/Life Week’ and here at RedWigWam we felt it important to add our thoughts to the conversation.
People across the country always face the struggle of finding the right work/life balance, in particular parents. There’s always the school run in the morning and then the need to pick them up again mid-afternoon. This makes it incredibly difficult for some parents to work a 9-5 job.
Our content and social media manager Claire has struggled with finding the right balance in the past. Having a nine ‘til five 35 hour a week job meant she never got to spend time with her children, and just wasn’t something she could continue with. As a result Claire found work here at RedWigWam, this allowed her to work hours around the school run and everything else life had to throw at her.
This isn’t meant to sound like an advert, but it’s about being aware that you don’t have to just settle for the rigid 9-5. Some employers are willing to give you the space to work the hours as and when you want to in order to find the right balance.
If it’s not a question of time, it might be that you feel you’re always working.
It’s so easy to keep responding to emails into the evening or on your commute home, learn to leave your work at work. I’m not saying ignore a barrage of urgent emails, but be mindful that most things can wait until 9am the next morning. You shouldn’t have to be ready and available 24 hours a day, it’s unhealthy to always be switched on for work. This culture is largely pushed by employers, they put pressure on their workers to improve output or quality which inevitably leads to employees feeling they need to stay in the office for longer.
Additionally resist the urge to work through lunch, you get a break for a reason, so use it to go outside and get some fresh air. Just be sure to step away from the computer for 45 minutes or so. This will certainly help prevent you from burning out mid afternoon and give you a chance to get the blood flowing.
Ultimately, everyone is different, we all have different priorities in whatever form, but that shouldn’t mean we don’t all deserve a good balance. What do you wish you could change about your work/life balance?