How to maintain work life balance

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Do you feel that you have a healthy balance between your work life and your personal life?

I think a lot of people will admit that they could improve the balance between work and play and we at iiNet know how valuable your down time is and have come up with a few tips to help you maintain a good work-life balance.

Balancing the demands of a busy lifestyle is not an easy thing to do, but is best managed by regularly reviewing and assessing your priorities.

Here are a few ideas to help you strike a good work-life balance:

Look after your health

Your health should always be your number one priority. If you’re not in top shape both mentally and physically, it will affect all areas of your life. Stress is one of the biggest causes of poor health. To combat this, look after yourself by sleeping well, eating well and exercising at least three times a week.

It is also important to enlist a good support team to help you build resilience and maintain a positive attitude when things get tough. At iiNet we understand that things aren’t always ‘roses and sunshine’ and offer a comprehensive Employee Assistance Program to help staff and their families keep their chins up.

Take time out for yourself

As much as your work and family takes priority in your life, it’s important that you schedule “me time”. Taking just one hour, once a week to do something for yourself can do wonders for your wellbeing — and your relationships and career will benefit too.

Make sure you are rewarding yourself for achieving goals. This could be done by making time for a holiday or just taking a novel to the park in your lunch break or going for a long, relaxing walk … remember ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’.

Manage your time effectively

Learn how to use your time more effectively — both at work and home. Poor time management can result in a loss of hours and contribute greatly to your stress levels. Implement some simple time management techniques:

  • Plan and organise ahead to allow enough time to get tasks done
  • Use ‘to-do’ lists and set priorities to help achieve your goals
  • Share the load (both at work and home wherever you can)
  • Don’t be afraid to push-back or say no

Separate work and family life

Australia may be a laid-back nation but as workers, we are working longer and longer hours. As a result, many of us are failing to successfully create a boundary between balancing work and personal time.

Ideally you should leave work at work where possible. Learn to turn off the laptop after hours and resist checking your e-mails at all hours of the day and night. For many this isn’t possible, but be sure to give yourself plenty of “unplugged” time during your weekends and nights — that means no laptop, no e-mail and no mobile phone.

Find an organisation that values flexibility

Searching for a new position? It very important for employers to understand the changing face of workplaces and offer flexibility to their staff and more and more employers these days are catering for a more flexible workplace. Look for options like working from home, working remotely, or alternative hours.

We’re strong advocates for home work at iiNet and today more than 5 per cent of our contact centre staff around Australial and New Zealand – that’s more than 100 people – work from home. Last year we were even announced as having the Best Home/Remote Agent program at the Global Contact Centre World Awards!

Here are some testimonials from current staff who work from home.

“I have been working from home for almost over a year and a half. As I start at 6am I love that I am now able to see my children off before school. I have now moved 2 hours away from the office (out of the Auckland area) to be near my parents, without the flexibility of my employer this would not have been possible. Another bonus was that iiNet gave a winter warmer pack for Customer Service Representatives who Work From Home. Thanks iiNet!” – Mandy, Auckland

“I am currently an Employee of iiNet since 2007 and have been working from home for over 5 years. Working from home has been one of the best thing that has happened in my life. I would like to say iiNet has been a great company for me. Not only do they look after their staff but allow them to work from home . Working from home is the best thing an employee can think of. This has not only allowed me to spend more time with my wife and kids but saves me money and about 3 to 4 hours each day from commuting by train. I love working from home and hope others who have this privilege feel the same way.” – Vish, Sydney.

“Nothing could be better than saving 3 hours a day on travel and being able to spend that time with family – this is only possible by working from home.  I have been working from home for the last 3 years and have never looked back as this has given me greater flexibility and perfect work life balance.” – Mohammad, Sydney.

Do you have have any tips on maintaining work life balance? Share your experience in the comments below.

One comment

  1. Evelyn says:

    Hi Alison
    Thank you for your ‘On the net’ short articles especially the Maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Sometimes we do forget how important it is to do that. And a wicked violin solo is one of the most beautiful things one can do!!! Would love to hear you play.