An HR Glossary for HR Terms

Work-Life Balance

What is Work-Life Balance?

Having a work-life balance means being able to have a healthy balance between focusing on your work life and personal life. For many, work-life balance is defined as having equal time for both personal and professional activities without having to sacrifice another aspect of your life. Maintaining a work-life balance is crucial for employee satisfaction and preventing burnout.

Why is work-life balance important? 

Without a healthy work-life balance, burnout is inevitable and can have negative consequences for employees and employers. Being overworked can manifest itself in many ways, such as excessive stress, fatigue, decline in productivity, and more. Lack of work-life balance can also impact personal life, with some examples being neglecting relationships, deteriorating physical and mental health, and lack of self-care. It is crucial to be able to devote an equal amount of time towards work and personal life to ensure that you are healthy and 

Signs of unbalanced work-life dynamic:

  • Decreased productivity
  • Sleep troubles
  • Feeling isolated or lonely
  • Thinking about work during your free time 
  • Decline in work quality

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