Balancing act: reaching for that coveted work-life balance

Reaching, and sustaining, a healthy work-life balance may be difficult, but it could have extraordinary effects on your life.

Work-life balancing act

For many of us, seeking harmony between our professional and personal lives is a perpetual quest. Deadlines and demands at work mean people are working around the clock. However, while a positive work-life balance may be difficult to achieve, it is something that we should all aspire to. In today’s fast-paced world, a colossal percentage of employees, from experienced CEOs to fresh-faced graduates eager to impress, are burning the midnight oil. Companies strive to succeed and success demands hard work. But study after study has shown that individuals who manage to implement a healthy balance between hard work and leisure perform more efficiently at work.

Mental health awareness

With Mental Health Awareness Week taking place recently, there is an increasing awareness of the importance of mental health in the workplace and organisations are increasingly likely to promote awareness of good mental health. Healthy work-life balance is a vital factor in this as without it, individuals are more likely to be stressed and anxious.

An interesting article in the Metro describes how the E-Act multi academy trust is planning to equip all students with knowledge about mental health and wellbeing. The trust, which is made up of 25 primary and secondary schools, has vowed to train all its staff in mental health first aid. This dynamic approach highlights how mental health is now viewed as just as important as physical health.

If employees are under pressure and feeling anxious and stressed, the knowledge that support services are available to them at work would prove comforting. Other organisations can follow E-Act’s example by offering such services, which could include a confidential phone line, workplace buddies, fact sheets on common mental health problems and informal support groups.

It is encouraging to see workplaces acknowledging the importance of work-life balance to good mental health, however there still is a long way to go.

Alex McFarlane is an Intern at Byfield Consultancy