Embracing flexibility: How to maintain work-life balance during the summer holidays
By: Claire, redwigwam
The summer holidays are upon us. Perhaps you’re looking forward to relaxing, a holiday or just spending quality time with your friends and family.
But, if like many of us, work isn’t going anywhere, you’ll find extra pressure to juggle work and family life. The children are off school, it feels like everyone else is having fun, and you’re struggling to balance work commitments with family.
In this blog post, we'll look the concept of flexible working during the summer holidays and offer some tips on how to achieve work-life balance while enjoying the summer holidays.
The power of flexible working
What is flexible working?
Flexible working is any work arrangement which provides employees with greater control over their working hours, location, or pattern. Working flexibly allows you to adapt your work schedule to fit your personal needs and responsibilities.
Benefits of flexible working during the summer holidays
Embracing flexible working during the summer holidays can bring numerous advantages. It means you can spend more quality time with your family, engage in summer activities, and recharge your batteries.
It also enhances your overall well-being by reducing stress and promoting work-life balance.
Communicating with your employer
If flexible working isn’t currently part of your work routine, initiate a conversation with your employer to discuss the possibility of adopting flexible working arrangements during the summer months. There are some reasons why flexible working is beneficial in this blog post – it’s worth explaining how it can benefit both you and the company by increasing productivity, job satisfaction, and overall employee well-being.
Present a proposal
Prepare a well-thought-out proposal which outlines your proposed flexible working options, such as adjusted hours, remote work, or compressed workweeks. Emphasise how these arrangements will not compromise your work quality or deadlines.
When speaking to your employer, highlight your commitment to your work and your ability to meet deliverables while embracing a flexible schedule. If you can, also provide examples of past successes when working flexibly or remotely to reinforce your credibility.
Read this blog for some tips on requesting flexible working from your employer.
Tips for effective flexible working
You need to clearly define boundaries between your work and personal life. Establish specific working hours and let your colleagues and family members know when you are working to manage expectations and minimise interruptions during personal time.
Create a to-do list or schedule so you can prioritise your work tasks efficiently. Focus on completing high-priority assignments during your most productive hours, allowing you to make the most of your time.
Make the most of technology
Leverage technology tools and applications which enable remote work and collaboration. There are loads of available tools which allow you to stay connected with colleagues and be productive while working away from the office.
Planning and time management
Plan your work and family activities in advance, including childcare if needed for the hours when you are working. Set realistic goals and allocate reasonable time for work-related tasks and summer holiday adventures to make sure you have a well-balanced schedule.
Delegate and ask for help if you need it!
Don't be afraid to delegate tasks or ask for help when needed. This doesn’t mean adding to their workload to reduce yours. but do look at all the tasks and figure out who is best placed to do what.
Schedule regular breaks throughout the day to relax, rejuvenate, and spend time with your loved ones, or even just time away from your screen. Stepping away from work means you return refreshed and more focused.
Embrace mindfulness and relaxation
Incorporate mindfulness techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing exercises, to manage stress and promote relaxation. Engage in activities which bring you joy and help you unwind.
Plan and take advantage of annual leave during the summer holidays. Use these days to disconnect from work completely to relax and recharge. We have a great blog post here with 3 reasons why you shouldn’t take your laptop on holiday with you!
Achieving a work-life balance during the summer holidays is by no means an impossible feat. By embracing flexible working arrangements and implementing effective strategies, you can enjoy the best of both worlds—fulfilling work commitments and unforgettable summer moments with your loved ones. Remember, it's essential to communicate with your employer, set boundaries, prioritise tasks, and take care of your well-being.
Embrace the flexibility, make the most of your summer break, and create memories to will last a lifetime.