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Work-Life Balance

Over the years, we have increasingly heard the term “work-life balance” but what does this actually mean?

With the rise of young entrepreneurs and start-ups, we have seen a shift from the traditional business attire and a 9-5 cubicle environment to a more relaxed and flexible working environment.

What is Work-Life Balance?

Work-life balance is the notion of prioritizing your work and life where necessary. Your work life includes your career and ambitions. Lifestyle is your family, friends, leisure time, hobbies, health, etc.

Why is work-life balance important?

It’s important to have time to recharge, spend time with family, exercise and take care of yourself, so that you can go into work ready to do your best work, every single day.

Work-life balance and wellbeing go hand in hand. One cannot be successful without the other. Companies are starting to understand the benefits of successfully creating a consistent work-life balance and to see how important it is to support their employees in achieving this.

Healthy employees are more engaged in their work and more productive. These employees take fewer sick days and consistently achieve positive individual and business outcomes.

What Do We Mean by Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is the state of being happy, healthy and prosperous.

How Virgin Pulse fits into work-life balance and wellbeing

Virgin Pulse is the leading provider of technology solutions that promote employee engagement and wellbeing. Of course, technology performs best in a receptive environment. To build the ideal workplace, begin simply by encouraging employees to take time away from their desks and emails as a way to improve employee wellbeing. Facilitating the development of healthy habits, including regular exercise, healthful cooking, prioritizing sleep and making time for family, go a long way towards finding work-life balance.

When you provide tools that support and enhance your employees’ sense of wellbeing, you will see measurable benefits. Your employees will adopt positive habits that change behaviors across the organization and increase productivity, drive employee engagement and provide real-time insight into the wellbeing of your organization.

To find out how Virgin Pulse can help your employees achieve a healthy work-life balance, click here.

What are some of the benefits of achieving a healthy work-life balance?

These include but are not limited to;

  • Reduced stress levels, at work and at home
  • Ability to focus on a single task, without diverted attention
  • Increased levels of engagement and productivity at work
  • The opportunity to participate more fully in family and social life
  • Additional time to pursue personal goals and hobbies
  • Improved overall health

How can I achieve a healthy work-life balance?

Achieving a consistent work-life balance can be hard, as life is fluid and daily priorities shift. It’s important to try your best to continuously review and assess your priorities. Self and time management are critical to achieving a healthy work-life balance. Virgin Pulse’s suite of products focuses on self-management and educates our clients and members on how to consistently manage proper sleep, nutrition, exercise and stress. Once daily habits have been built and you can start to see results, you will understand the impact these have on your productivity and work-life balance.

Some suggested ideas to start achieving a good work-life balance:

  • Goal setting – break objectives down to smaller, manageable goals
  • Time management – prioritize tasks for each day
  • Set boundaries for work and personal – i.e. leaving the office at 5p.m. each day
  • Focus on building a better you with daily habits such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator
  • Set goals for your own personal wellbeing journey – whether it’s to lose weight, sleep more, or start practicing mindfulness
  • Take time out to recharge
  • Build a network of supporters, both at work and at home

Work-Life Balance Resources

Many companies are working with their employees to reduce the stigma of leaving the office at 5p.m., taking a lunch break and most important, taking vacation leave. There are many work-life balance tips and articles that can help you understand how work-life balance can be achieved and the small, manageable changes a business and individual can make to successfully balance life and work.

Work-life balance does not mean equal parts work and life, but is instead about working out how you can best prioritize what’s important each day. It’s a balance, and the scales will tip from time to time, but that’s OK as long as you are being productive and enjoying yourself. Work-life balance will be different for every individual, as everyone has different priorities. This is why it’s important to invest in a wellbeing program that commits to personalizing the journey for every employee.

Related Resources

Find out how you can incorporate Virgin Pulse into your suite of employee wellbeing solutions by reading a few of our resources that address the importance of work-life balance.

Employee Wellbeing by the Decades
Case Study
Building a Culture of Wellbeing
Why the workplace is the right place to build habits
Amping up Employees’ Energy: What Habits Matter Most & Ways You Can Help