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THE BALANCE OF LIFE & WORK



Creating a healthy work-life balance is becoming increasingly challenging in our fast-paced, always-on world. Technology has made it easy to stay connected 24/7, which can lead to employees feeling like they are never truly off the clock. However, it is possible to achieve work-life balance, but it requires setting significant boundaries around personal time versus work time.

To begin with, companies and leadership should not expect employees to work an 80 hours a week. It is unreasonable and can lead to burnout and decreased productivity. Employees need time to rest and recharge outside of work to bring their best selves to the job. Company leaders must recognize the importance of work-life balance and ensure that their expectations align with this principle.


Furthermore, companies should not expect their employees to be available at a moment's notice after hours and on the weekends. Unless it is an emergency, employees should not have to feel obligated to respond to work-related communication during their personal time. This expectation creates unnecessary stress and can disrupt the boundaries between personal and work life.

Employees also need to have time for personal commitments and family events to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Leaders must recognize the importance of respecting their employees' personal time and commitments outside of work.


On the flip side, while at work on the company's dime, employees must be completely engaged in their work. The boundaries go both ways. Employees must set expectations for their workday and focus on their work while at the office. This approach will help create a better work-life balance, leading to increased productivity and job satisfaction.


In conclusion, boundaries are personal manifestos of what your expectations are for how you live your life, and it's not about the other person (your boss) or even the company. Boundaries are an expectation for how you plan to show up in every situation. You must set boundaries to ensure that you have a healthy life balance, or maybe a better example would be a life in harmony. Company leaders are people too and must recognize the importance of life balance of their own, while also ensuring that they help set the tone for a positive people centric culture to align their business with this principle. By setting and respecting boundaries, everyone can create a healthier and more balanced life.

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