Monday, 5 September 2011

Work and Life - Getting the balance right

Did you know that we work longer hours than almost any other country in Europe?

Do you work more hours than you are paid for?

Last week, ITV’s Tonight programme explored why and how work is dominating our lives in the 21st Century. Having carried out a survey asking 2000 full time employees about their working lives, they discovered some gloomy results:

• 70 % said they are spending most of their lives working
• Over 50% work more hours than they are paid for
• 32% thought that working too hard had made them ill
• 74% suffer what they believe is work related stress
• 1 in 5 admitted to spending only 20 minutes a day with their children

I have written previous blogs on maintaining a good work-life balance and the findings in this programme simply emphasise the importance of ensuring you look after yourself at work and at home. 

One of the case studies in the programme revealed a working Mum who suffered a breakdown due to trying to juggle extreme responsibilities at home and at work.  Having recovered, she returned to work and set up her own PR business which is based on flexible family friendly working hours.  She is now able to balance her work and her personal life and has recruited working mothers into her team who are able to do the same. 


Don’t be within the 74% who suffer what they believe is work related stress or the 32% who thought that working too hard had made them ill. Try not to convince yourself that by working longer hours, the more productive you will be – in fact the opposite is true. 

Ensure you allow yourself the opportunity to be a happy and healthy person.  Be honest with yourself and decide what you need to do about it...and then do it!

Click here to watch the programme on ITV player and here for my factsheet on achieving a work-life balance.

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