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Three Steps for Creating that Work-Life Balance

Creating a work-life balance is easier said than done. But creating one, nonetheless, is important to both the worker and the organization. The employee gets more control of their life and feels enjoyment both personally and professionally. The organization gets accountability, enhanced productivity, improved morale, and less organizational stress. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Three steps for the employee:

1. Figure out what matters to you in your life.
Setting your life priorities is the first step in figuring out how to achieve that work-life balance you’ve dreamed of. Is it vacation/travel, family time, working out, time with your kids, a hobby, your health, etc.? Once you can prioritize your list, you are on your way!

2. Ask and Accept help.
It’s important and okay to allow yourself to rely on friends, family, or a partner for help when you need to focus on another priority. If you’re too proud to ask for help, you are going to crash and burn. No one can do it all themselves without gold bangle bracelets and a truth lasso.

3. Set boundaries.
Only you can set your boundaries for your time. If you don’t set them, someone else will and then you’ve lost control. Work isn’t going to be there for you when you need a hug, a babysitter, a good cry. Work isn’t going to love you back like you family, partner, or friends. You know that old saying: to be loved you have to love yourself first. Well, same holds true here. If you want people to respect your boundaries, you need to set and respect them first.

Three steps for the employer:

1. Build rapport and gain respect.
Building rapport with your employees is important because it makes them feel like you listen and that they are being heard. This earns you respect. When an employee respects their boss, they are more productive.

2. Don’t Demand Excellence.
People don’t usually respond well to demands unless they see a benefit at the end of the tunnel for them. Be sure to state your demands in the form of your expectations and be sure to be clear and realistic. If you know that Sally has to drop her kid off at day care in the morning, then don’t schedule an 8:00a.m. meeting and expect her to be on time. That’s unrealistic.

3. Encourage them to have a life.
The best way to get employees to be productive is to encourage them to have a life and make it sounds sincere that you care that they do.