Finding Your Work Life Balance… Your Middle Way

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A healthy work-life balance is different for everyone. By finding your personal work-life balance, I personally feel that it is more than just taking actions to give you more personal time in the day, but taking a spiritual and philosophical approach to it.

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1. FindingYourWork-LifeBalanceYourMiddleWay KeyPoints Scoringyourwork-lifebalanceareyouhappy? HowtoFindYourWork-LifeBalance.YourMiddleWay Managingwork-lifebalanceforyourteam Thepromiseofwork-lifebalanceseemslikethenewnorminthebusinessworld today,especiallyinhowcompaniesarerecruiting/attractingnewemployeesand howthegeneralpopulationsearchesforthecompanythatbestfitstheirneeds. ManyjobseekerslookfortheidealBestCompanyToWorkFor,buttodaythat idealisquicklybecomingsynonymouswithBestCompanyForWork-LifeBalance. BestexampleofthisisGoogle(ranked#1and#7respectively),whoexemplifies whatitmeanstoofferwork-lifebalance.Everycompanydefineswork-lifebalance differently,buttodaystopcompaniesarereallytalkingaboutbenefits,the availability(transportation,freefoodanddrinks,workingremotely)andthe uniqueness(daycare,drycleaning,on-sitehealthcare). Irecentlydiscoveredacompanythattrulyembodiestheidealofwork-lifebalanceif exerciseandfitnessarewhatyouareinto:unpluggedvacationsmeaningnocalls fromtheofficeorbeingCCdonemailswhenyouareusingvacationdays,1.5-hour lunchesifwanttodoaspinclassorcatchapick-upgameatthegym,abilitytoearn extravacationdaysbycompetinginhealthchallenges,and100%paidhealthcare. Work-lifebalancemeanssomethingdifferentforeveryone.Themostimportant thingforyoutodoisdefineyourownwork-lifestandardImeanreallysitdown andmakealistofthethingsthatreallymattertoyoudiscussthelistwithyour family/spouse/significantotherandidentifyhowtomakethatlistareality. Ifyouarehavingtroublebuildingyourownlist,letmegetyoustartedwithsome commonrequests. 1. GameRooms(pool,darts,foosball,arcadegames) 2. Food(freedoughnuts/pizza/breakfast,on-sitefoodtrucks) ArtoftheWingmanforBusinessisdedicatedtothebusinesswomenandbusinessmenwhoseekgreatnessbeyondtheirown andfindtheirsuccessesthroughhelpingotherssucceed.TheBusinessWingmanfollowsthepathoftheselflessperson. 2. 3. PhysicalHealth(on-siteyoga/Pilates/crossfit,on-sitegyms,raceenrollments, acupuncture,smokingcessationandweightmanagementprograms) 4. MentalHealth(companypaidboxingclasses,singinglessons,dancinglessons, stand-upcomedyclasses) 5. TimeOff(paidorsponsoredvacations,4-dayworkweeks,paid maternity/paternityleave,paidsabbaticals) 6. CompanyRetreats(happyhours,celebratoryvacations) 7. Freebies(Netflixsubscriptions,ticketstosportinggames,customizedshoes,free spaservices,babysitting,on-sitekindergarten,technologyproducts,private concierge,freeflights) Sources:http://www.forbes.com/sites/kateharrison/2014/02/19/the-most- popular-employee-perks-of-2014/ http://www.businessinsider.com/companies-with-awesome-perks-payscale-2013- 1?op=1 1) Scoringyourwork-lifebalanceareyouhappy? Nowthatyouhaveanideaofthewhattolookforandwhatisbeingofferedout there,letsstartbythinkingabouttheactualhoursyouputintoyourworkweek.Off thetopofourhead,doyouhaveastrongwork-lifebalance?In2009on cnn.com/living,therewasagreatarticlethathadawork-lifebalancecalculatorthat 3. easilycalculatedworktimevs.personaltime.Ifeelthatthisis(atitssimplest)a greatwaytogetgeneralviewofyouraverageweek. Ifyoudontwanttoclickonthelinkandtryoutthecalculator,Ihaveasimplified versionofthat.Belowisasetofquestionsthatwillhelpgauge(atahighlevel) whetheryouhavework-lifebalance. AnswersimplyYESorNOtoeachofthe7questionsbelow 1. Youcantrememberthelasttimeyouwentonvacation.Yourlastlongweekend wasbecauseofaforcedworkholidaylikeLaborDay,ChristmasorNewYears. 2. Youhaveabandonedanyhobbythatyouusedtohave.Youlivetowork. 3. Becauseofthelevelofstressatwork,youhavebecomeshort-temperedandtend toeasilyloseyourtemperonthelittlethings. 4. Youknow/feelthatyouareoutofshapebutfeelthatthereisneverenoughtime toexercisebeforeorafterwork.Sothenyouchoosejustnottoexercise. 5. Youtakemoreprideingettingrecognizedatworkthanpraiseathomefrom friendsorfamily. 6. Whileatwork,youfeelthatyouareconstantlyoverwhelmedbyprojectsand thatthereisneveramomenttorelax.Youareworkingonyourcommute,every minuteattheofficeandonyourcommutehome.Plus,youfeelthatyouhaveto quicklyglanceatyouremailsatnight.justincase.Youcannotdisconnect. 7. Onyourlunchbreak,youfeelthatyouhavenotimetorelaxandmustkeep working.Youtendtoeatlunchatyourdeskeveryday. IfyouansweredYEStoall7questions:Youareaworkaholicandhavenowork-life balance.Basically,youhavenopersonallife. IfyouansweredYEStoatleast4ofthe7questions:Thenworkstillcontrolsyour lifebutthereisstillhopeforyou. IfyouansweredYEStoatleast1and3questions:Youarestartingtoshowsignsofa beingaworkaholic.Actfastbeforeitstoolate. IfyouansweredNOtoall7questions:Thenyouareincontrolofyourwork-life balance.Beproudofyourself. 4. 2) HowtoFindYourWork-LifeBalance.YourMiddleWay Ahealthywork-lifebalanceisdifferentforeveryone.Beforeyoucanfindyour balance,itisbesttounderstandthemeaningandoriginofit.Thework-lifebalance conceptwasfirstintroducedintheUKinthelate1970sandthenintheUSin1986.1 Studieshaveshownthatthiswasaninevitableevolutionintheworkplacebecause oftheadvancementoftechnologyandtheincreasedconnectednessofanemployee tohis/herjob.Becauseemployeesarenowabletostayconnectedallday/nightand onweekendsbecauseofemail,cellphones,andothertechnologiesthatkeepus connectedtowork. Byfindingyourpersonalwork-lifebalance,Ipersonallyfeelthatitismorethanjust takingactionstogiveyoumorepersonaltimeintheday,buttakingaspiritualand philosophicalapproachtoit.Thisway,youarenotonlyphysicallymakingachange butalsomakingachangetoyourdemeanorandwayoflife.Acorephilosophyof BuddhismcalledtheMiddleWay,bestexemplifiesthis.thesimplesttranslationof thisisthatyoushouldneverliveinextremes.Findamiddlestateofbeingthat worksbestforyou.EveryonesMiddleWayisdifferent;findwhatworksbestfor you.Youdothisbysacrificingandweighingthevaluesorworklifevs.personallife. IfBuddhismisnotforyou,reference: JewishphysicianandphilosopherMosesMaimonides(11351204) Quranverse143:chapter2 Ecclesiastes4:4-5:7 Ifthespiritualapproachseemsnotyourapproach,thenIrecommendyoufind someonethatlivesthebalancethatyouarelookingfor,talktothemandfindout howtheyfoundtheirwork-lifebalancetheirMiddleWay. Togetstarted,hereisasimpleapproachtofindingyouridealstateofwork-life balance. 1. Buildawork-lifebalanceapproachplan,giveyourselfatimelineto developingoneandagoaltowhatyouwanttoaccomplishfromit 2. Onceyouhaveyourapproachplan,runteststovalidatethatitmakesyou happy,butbecarefultonotputyourjob/familylifeatrisk 3. Identifywhereyouarenow,andwheredoyouwanttobein1year,then wheredoyouwanttobein3to5years(besurethatthisallowsyoutohave thepersonallifeyouwant) 4. Identifyanyresources/familyorfriendsupporter(s)thatwillhelpyou achieveyourgoalsandjustgoforit 1http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worklife_balance 5. 3) Managingwork-lifebalanceforyourteam Asateammanager,youarenotonlyresponsiblefortheproduction/outputofyour teambutalsotheirhappinessintheworkplace.Ifyouhavesomeoneonyourteam thatfeelsliketheyareoverworkedandunhappyitmaybebecauseyouarenot managingwork-lifebalanceforyourteam.Ahappyteamisaproductiveteam. Rememberthatwork-lifebalanceisoneofthekeystoteamretention.Thereisnot onespecificwaytoapproachthisortacklethisyouknowyourteambetterthan anyoneelse.Findwhatworksbestforyourteamanddotherightthing. InConclusion: Inlife,sometimesyouneedtorunandsometimesyouneedtowalkmeaningthere aretimeswhenyouneedtoputintheextrahoursatworkeverydaytomakethat careerjumpandgetthatneededpromotionandtherearetimeswhenyouneedto focusonfamilyandhomelifeandnotanswerworkemailsat10pm.Youneedtobe awareofwhatstateyouareinandbereadytoadjustaslifethrowsyouacurveball. Stayalertandbeopentochange. Visitourblogathttp://www.artofthewingman.com