The Importance of a Work-Life Balance: National Work Life Week 2021

The past year has brought an increasing pressure and demand to working culture. The hybrid style of working has meant we are no-longer splitting our time 50/50 between work and leisure, and we are now feeling the pressure to prioritise work.

The flexible working blurs the work-home boundaries, making it difficult for professionals to switch off, and ultimately having cognitive-emotional stresses on their life, which is resulting in strain-based conflicts and little job satisfaction.

For years scientists and practitioners have proved the importance of balancing work and home life demands. In 2004, it was proposed by Bishop et al. that employers need to implement a scheme within their workforce which outlines the necessary steps for boundaries between work and home. They suggested that this kind of mindfulness required a sense of self-regulation, awareness and presence in every task that is completed, focusing on the intentional activities which will enhance you and your cognitive state. This academic finding is far more practical than you probably think. We all have our inside voice instructing us to stop working even though it’s 11pm and we are still answering emails, but we can do it if we start listening to our internal dialogue.

It’s incredibly important we start to encourage our workforce to start to focus on maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Job satisfaction and a healthy working culture (mentally & physically) are just some of the reasons to integrate these conditions into your business. We are witnessing more and more businesses’ implementing this into the workforce, but we are also finding that the owners of these businesses are not practicing what they preach.

Each business is unique, so it is difficult for us to instruct how many hours you should work. Only you know that. A good starting point however is to stop feeling guilty if you think you haven’t been as productive as you would have hoped. Besides, a typical trait for a successful entrepreneur is being practically perfect in every way. But it’s time to start thinking about yourself and your health. You more than likely have people within your workforce who you can trust, so perhaps it’s time to start passing on some work over to them.

Being part of the Prosper2 business club means there are a variety of benefits and services on hand to relieve the stress of being a business owner. Our Legal and Health & Safety Hotlines aids and supports whenever is needed. In addition, we also have a variety of self-care and stress relieving benefits such as, a MASHIE golf membership, travel concierge, Priority Pass Airport Lounge Access and a wide range of discounts on your favourite luxury and high-street stores and services from clothing, electrical and vanity.

The Prosper2 membership is a community of like-minded individuals, who are all business owners, and each have their own coping mechanisms, but all understand the stresses and strains of being a business owner. Through our Prosper Together Facebook Group and Networking events, members have the opportunity to mingle, discuss, support and ask, accelerating and improving their experiences as a business owner.

Balancing your home life and a successful career means having less time for you. By emphasising the importance of self-care to your life, it’s time for you to schedule some “me-time” into your diary. Why not that day be today?