How to manage work-life-balance for greater efficiency

Work, life and efficiency go hand in hand with our physical and mental health and well-being. A lot of theories off late have focused on the importance of this phenomenon. Don’t you feel at times that working-to-live is what is important rather than living-to-work. Our lives revolve around three major things, self, family and work. It is very important to maintain a harmony between all three of them. Imbalance due to higher focus on any one of them definitely disturbs the other two without our realisation. There are a lot of factors influencing this balance:.

  1. Individual: The fact that this theory majorly revolves around the person itself, definitely makes individual become the central point to this balance and it is therefore dependent on him whether the balance is achieved or the scale is leaning on side.

  2. Family: The nature, demands and the type of family is another important influence on this balance. Some people may have more commitment in terms of child care or elderly care, some may have lesser.For people family in a sense is happiness and the dependency of person on family is very important for the mental well-being. Thus in case the focus is more on work, this may create a disharmony on the other side of the scale. The time spent with the family will decrease. The quality and quantity of time spent with the family will also depend on the nature of job and the extent of focus. In turn it is not difficult to say that increase in stress may also lead to lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension and may in turn cause the centre point to move further away from the balanced lifestyle.

  3. Work or organisation: The majority of time is mostly spent by people in the office space, hence the culture of an organisation may have a lot of effect on the lives of people or employee. There can be two types of superior or bosses in the organisation namely one focused on increasing the efficiency of the organisation and the other focused on building loyalty towards organisation. This may contribute differently to the work life balance of the employees.

  4. Social environment: In countries with rich cultural focus the demand of social life may also be one factor contributing to work life balance. Increased work load in office environment may lead to inability of person being able to contribute to social demands and in turn may lead to being isolated and unhappy self.

Implications of imbalance in work life balance:

  1. Personal implications: personal dissatisfaction may lead to prolonged sadness, depression and other ill effects on health.

  2. Family implications: Greater demands in work environment may lead to unfulfilled family commitments and in turn may result in detachment from them.

  3. Organisational implications: The increased dissatisfaction in fulfilling family and social commitment may lead to cutting down in work hours and being unable to sustain performance levels and negative energy build up.

Organisational perspective for greater work life balance:

The harmony in personal and professional life is always a contributing factor to increased efficacy. To improve this the human resources management may introduce good strategies within the organisation like

  1. Flexible working hours.

  2. Child care facilities.

  3. Elderly care facilities.

  4. Work at home.

  5. Job sharing.

A good mix of employee satisfaction and motivation is a great way to increase the efficacy. Work life balance is the way of life not just a motivator but also an enhancer of loyalty being developed towards the organisation.

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