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Can you balance work and life???

 

Can you balance work and life???

 

 
Balancing work and life…..
 
This is a hard equation for some people to handle…
 
There are some that believe… you need to work 80 hours a week to advance your career…
 
And while working hard… is a trait that we all want to be associated with…you have to maintain a work - life balance…
 
Here are some startling facts:
 
Health care expenses are almost 50% higher for workers who report high levels of stress…
 
People who experience work/life imbalance…are three times more likely to suffer from heart problems…infections…injuries…mental health problems…and back pain…
 
And they are five times more likely to suffer from certain cancers…
 
Workers who have to take time off work because of stress…anxiety…or a related disorder…will be off the job an average of 20 days out of the year…
 
These statistics show…that work/life balance is an important…and costly issue for both the organization…and the individual…
 
So…how do you balance this work/life thing???
 
First of all…the leaders in your organization… need to take the time…to fully engage the employee…on exactly what the responsibilities…expectations…and goals of the organization are…
 
Then give the employee constant feedback…and a complete review…so that he or she knows exactly where they stand and how they are doing…
 
Without a clear cut…black and white playbook…most employees… do not fully understand what needs to be accomplished…
 
When an employee does not clearly understand…it can lead to high stress…and an imbalance in their lives…
 
Some employees choose to deal with this stress…by just not showing up to work…
 
They will call in sick…or take additional personal days…just to deal with their stress…
 
In these days of companies…leaning out…or working with shorter staffs…absenteeism…can be a problem…
 
These types of employees…show the most dissatisfaction with their jobs…have negative views about the organization and it’s leaders…and generally…are not an asset to the organization…
 
And although an individual must take responsibility for their own actions…are YOU…as an organization…helping the employee attain… a work/life balance??
 
And let me emphasize…its stress management…not stress reduction…that an organization needs to help an employee deal with….
 
It is not possible to remove stress from your life and business…because stress is a natural by product of change…and change is constant…
 
This is why it is so important…for your organization…and your leaders…to provide the employees with all of the tools they need…not to eliminate stress…but to handle stress more effectively…
 
If you give your employees…a clear cut…black and white playbook…and engage in communication and feedback…
 
You will have an employee… that has a full understanding… of not only their own responsibilities…but the goals and aspirations of your organization…
 
A confident and engaged employee…will have more satisfaction at work…which will lead to increased satisfaction at home and in life…
 
Believe me…most employees already know what to do with the own time…
 
By making their time at work…less stressful…they will have a chance to enjoy that time with family and friends…
 
 
 
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About the Author: With 30 years in the retail Automotive Industry, from a Salesperson to a Dealer, I have a vast amount of experience in all areas of the automotive environment.

 
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Jim Bell
Great talking points for management for every dealership Jim. Life is about balance and there are too many people I know in the business that have been through divorces, missed teir kids growing up, etc because of the work-balance issue. Happiness comes with balance is what I have seen over the years.
Jim Kristoff
Thanks Jim! You HAVE to know when to "re-charge" the batteries....
Bethany Johnson
Great points!

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