Work Life Balance – or – Not

I have written about this in the past and no matter how often we discuss this problem I am still finding that the greatest number of my Career Coaching Clients are struggling with this concept.

Why is this still and continuously happening?  Is it the culture we live in or is it our own demands on ourselves in order to progress in our career?  Or maybe it’s both.

According to Brett Moffit in his article released on 5thNovember 2018 the average lunch break for UK workers is now just 22 minutes.  Why can we not leave our desk for the full hour?  Is it our own fear that if we are seen to be away from our desk that we will be perceived in a negative light by our boss or our colleagues?

Also in Mr. Moffit’s article it is stated that YouGov found that last year, one in five 25-34-year-olds in the UK were unhappy with their work-life balance and 46 per cent of workers feel that their jobs required them to work intensely.

What can be done about this?  The answer is often simple, notice I did not say easy but often it can be as simple as reasserting boundaries.  So many of us today are coming home from work and still checking work emails and texts when we should be enjoying our family time.  More often than not there is over-time to be done just to stay on track with a project, particularly heading into the holiday season.

When I talk to clients about this they often say “I have no choice” – “I have to do it to stay on top of things”. So what does this mean, are we being given too much work to do or are we not working productively anymore and so it is taking that much longer to achieve the success that 20years ago we could achieve between the hours of 9 to 5?

Even when we discover the definitive answer to this question what then, what to do? And even if we know what to do in order to change do we have the courage to do it?

Maybe we do have a choice all be it a difficult one. 

Career coaching is often the support needed to answer the questions above and to make that difficult choice in order to achieve that work life balance we all desire and are entitled to.  Contact me today for a free no obligation discussion on how life coaching can help you.

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