Achieving a good work-life balance is fast becoming an expectation rather than a consideration. As hiring organisations compete to attract the best talent, they’re increasingly willing to accommodate the needs and priorities of candidates. Here are some key points that candidates should consider to help them reach towards a good work-life balance.
1.Work place flexibility
In a recent LinkedIn study on Global Talent Trends, 72% of recruiters agreed that workplace flexibility is an extremely important factor in candidate job selection. Work Flexibility could mean the option to work from home, or the ability to work flexible hours to fit around other commitments. LinkedIn reported a 78% increase in job posts mentioning “workplace flexibility” since 2016, indicating just how important this is in achieving a good work life balance.
2.Choose a job that you love
Moving your personal and professional goal posts closer together means that you’re more likely to focus on achievements rather than unrealistic ideas of perfectionism. It can also increase your likelihood of finding work that reflects your personal values and interests, increasing your overall satisfaction. A staggering 71% of professionals would be willing to take a pay cut in order to work for a company that has a mission that they believe in. With weekly working hours in the UK among the highest in Europe, the workplace is where most people will spend the majority of their lives, far exceeding the time they spend withfamily members. It’s not surprising then, that workers are seeking out organisations that reflect their own values.
3.The work/life merge
Achieving a good balance doesn’t always involve separation. These days, time management is less about sticking to rigid schedules and more about developing flexible working patterns that take into account your overall work-life commitments. Welcome to the world of the work-life merge, the term recently coined by Facebook executive Emily White to describe a life in which work and free time are no longer neatly compartmentalised but seamlessly integrated. The work-life merge means that rather than achieving balance through separation, it’s achieved through making day-to-day decisions based on a complete picture of your commitments on and off the job.
4.Taking time out
One of the problems with the increasing overlap between our private and professional lives is that we never fully ‘switch off’ from work. While technology has helped productivity in many ways, it has also created demands of constant accessibility. It’s essential that we balance the flexibility that technology affords us with the ability to unplug and recharge. Whether it’s socialising with friends, spending time with family, taking a holiday or joining a gym, your downtime should energise you and enable you to build up your resilience levels. In 2016, productivity expert Scott Barry Kaufman’s study revealed a direct link between relaxation and creativity, while it’s well known that exercise releases feel-good endorphins in the brain. Taking regular time out to replenish your mind and body often means that you’re able to work with greater productivity and accomplishing more in less time.
5.Use time tracking apps
Time-tracking is a powerful time management technique that forces you to think about how you can optimise your working day. Apps can track your daily activity, allowing you to analyse your work patterns and customise various tasks based on this data. They can also detect when your computer goes idle and remind you to take breaks in order to stay focused. With the aid of time management apps, you can train yourself into wasting less time and being more mindful of distractions like Facebook or general internet browsing. After a few weeks, you’ll start noticing patterns in the way you work. Being aware of how you’re using your time can help with devising a plan to maximise your productivity and minimise time wastage. Some good time management apps to look at include Toggl, Timely, Rescue Time.
These are just a few of our recommendations for achieving a good work/life balance that’s individual to you. The trick is to work out your top priorities and let these guide you in your career decisions. As the employment landscape becomes increasingly diverse, individuals need to be flexible in their approach to work. Your career may take you in a number of different directions, read this article to find out where your career paths can take you.
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