Striking perfect career-life balance for the 21st century employee

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What is work life balance?



Work life balance generally refers to the attainment of a comfortable state of equilibrium between an employee’s primary priorities of their employment position and their private lifestyle


Universal benefits of attaining work-life balance


First, is reduced burn-out where individuals reduce the incidents of finding themselves overwhelmed and losing control of their lives.

Secondly, work-life balance results in increased productivity of the individual and consequently impact positively on the organisational output.

Thirdly, absenteeism is curtailed as an individual’s level of engagement is improved since they now enjoy both their work life and their personal life.


Organisations that promote both the work and the personal welfare of their employees earn their place as employers of choice and are, therefore, rewarded by their employees with improved commitment.


Some of the strategies that can be employed by those desiring work-life balance include:


Setting boundaries and respecting them: This simply means that time and attention allocated to work, friends, family and personal life should be respected at all times. This practice will create a relatively predictable timetable that will undoubtedly promote your mental and emotional well-being.

Improving efficiency and effectiveness: The fact that you cannot increase the number of hours in a day means that, you must improve on your speed and effectiveness in all your undertakings. This means planning you must plan ahead and stick to your timelines for each activity.

Prioritize: What can’t you do without in life? What is essential and what is important? A priority list must be created and constantly evaluated to ensure that you are progressing both career-wise and at personal level.

Personal development: The quest for both career and personal success is not for the faint hearted. It calls for both smart and hard work.


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