Are you balancing work and life?

Are you balancing work and life? from Goldfish Consulting

By: Goldfish Consulting  10-20-2015
Keywords: Work-life balance, long hours, management, improvement, commitment

So often you hear talk about colleagues having a break-down or suffering from burn-out. Often it’s high flying, ambitious individuals who burn the candle on both ends. One can’t help but wonder where does it come from and how did it happen? The need to combine work and personal life is vital to everyone. More and more people are looking for ways to achieve work life integration. It is one of the most difficult challenges in modern life. In the pre-industrial age, family members worked side by side, often sharing the child raising responsibilities. The family was seen as the main production unit - taking care of the home. With the start of the Industrial Revolution, roles became more clearly defined with men taking on formal paid work outside the home, and women concentrating on domestic life. It has only been in the last fifty years that women have entered the formal, paid work place on a large scale. Women still take on the responsibilities of child and elder care and this creates challenges for families where both parents are formally employed. Research shows that although organisations recruit more women, there remains a lack of women in senior positions. Committees and forums are created to deal with diversity issues and to actively engage in social responsibility projects. These committees are created in a working environment that demands long hours and total dedication. As organisations respond to global pressure, more and more demands are placed on employees to perform and achieve overall budgets. Surveys show that employees regard the need to work overtime as important for achieving success, and perceive that a 10-12 hour working day is expected of them by the organisation. At the same time, employees clearly believe that it is the responsibility of both partners to raise the children and to be breadwinners. The question remains - how would these opposing ideals be reconciled? Although research in this area has predominately been conducted around women’s experiences, this focus needs to shift. Work-family conflicts are still having adverse consequences for women but the goal posts have shifted. Managerial and professional men also report experiencing work-family conflict as distressing. In the past, men found that they were isolated from family and often leisure activities. This is changing in today’s world where men are increasingly involved with the child caring responsibilities, and women are insistent on managing their careers. In the current economic climate companies are struggling to survive in the global market, and therefore place higher value on their employees’ commitment to their jobs. Unfortunately, commitment is defined by the number of hours an employee devotes to their job. Demands of family, community and personal life are secondary. Employees are assessed not only on how effectively they perform their jobs but whether they were willing and able to perform on demand. There have been a number of consequences arising out of these findings. Fewer women are able to rise to senior positions in management, and men are required to devote all their time to the company. The challenges of modern day work-life integration hugely affects both men and women. Organisations find themselves dealing with a work force where employee commitment has fallen to 13% globally, and 9% in South Africa. Henry Ford said that all he wanted was a pair of hands, and all he kept getting was a whole person. To see an improvement in commitment, there is a need to recognise the whole person, and their unique needs as well as the skills they have to offer. To read more, go to: http://www.goldfish-consulting.co.za/blog/are-you-balancing-work-and-life

Keywords: Work-life balance, long hours, management, improvement, commitment

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