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

(STANDARD Digital)


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.


Be Happy To Work Better


Shawn Anchor talks on how happiness helps you become more successful and more productive.

According to Shawn, ” If you can raise somebody’s level of positivity in the present, then their brain experiences what we now call a happiness advantage, which is your brain at positive performs significantly better than it does at negative, neutral or stressed. Your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, your energy levels rise. In fact, what we’ve found is that every single business outcome improves “.

Sharpen your communication skills for work – 1

( Communication is arguably one of the most important business skills, no matter what your industry. Here are some tips to help you communicate better with co-workers and clients.


1. Listen.


We need to listen to understand what someone needs or wants. Most of us interrupt, prepare our response, or think we already know what the speaker is going to say next.


2. Pay attention to body language.


Body language can communicate a lot. Your co-worker promises a deadline but wrings her hands while she says it. That means she is not sure she can.


 3. Consider communication preference.


Not everyone likes to communicate the same way. For faster and effective communication switch to the communication mode the other person prefers – Email, phone, text, social media or instant messaging.


4. Consider your tone.


It is important use the right tone and clear language to get the message across, so that so nothing is misconstrued to cause an unintended reaction from the recipient. This is essentially true for Email and social media.


5. Don’t be too casual.


Being friendly with your work colleagues can help you do your job better but being too casual may make others feel uncomfortable. Make sure your emails, meetings, and phone calls are professional.

How to use Your Employees for work place success

( As an employer, how will you get the most out of your employees? Here are some tips:

1. Each Employee is Different


Paying attention and appreciating the uniqueness and individuality of candidates means transparent communication that helps you address their needs, expectations and requirements.  Remember to treat every employee equally, take care not to treat them partially.


2. Manage Expectations


Communicating your expectations at the very start of the project and regular communication will put things in the right perspective and drive the employees to do their best.


3. Provide Challenging Environment


A dynamic, peppy but professional work environment is a good bet to get  maximum output from your employees.


4. Provide Incentives


Incentives are a good morale booster – It could be money, perks, and encouraging words. It will help them work better and induce some healthy competition.


5. Foster Strength and Manage Weaknesses


Evaluating everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and aid them accordingly. Strengths have to be maximised and put to productive use and weakness have to be minimised to accelerate production.


6. Don’t be Afraid to Fire Employees


Don’t be afraid to let go of your unproductive staff to preserve the productive nature of your work environment.  You never know, they might be grateful to you, for ushering them into a better direction in their respective careers.


Tips to manage your work time

1. Difficult stuff first.


Always tackle the most difficult task first thing in the morning when your energy and concentration level is at its highest. The longer you put it off in favour of easier, lower priority matters, the bigger that mound gets (and the worse it tastes).


2. Think sprint, not marathon.


No one won can work at full potential for eight hours at a stretch.  It is best to work in Short, uninterrupted bursts of concentration.


3.  Me first.


Complete tasks on your to-do list before others’ lists. You will much better position to support others with their projects.


4.  Set deadlines.


Whenever you request a deliverable from someone, request them from a deadline. Of course the reverse is also true.


5. Touch it once.


With hundreds of emails coming in, a good filing system is crucial. Read your emails once, do something with it, and then let it go.


6. Group like items.


Organize your week into specific days for similar tasks with allotted timeframes. Knowing what your week looks like in advance makes it easier to be in the right mindset when the time comes.


7.  Online Communication


If an email is confusing better to meet or call the person to have a clear communication. This is time and energy saver.


8. Delegate.


Learn to delegate more of the work.  Doing everything yourself is tedious and messy and slows your own productivy.


9. Track time.


Go through your work week and Track your time hour-by-hour. If there are time wasters you need to rearrange your life (and calendar) accordingly.


10. Exercise


Exercise to distress; be more energetic and more alert at work.


11. One job at a time


Mono-tasking works. By minimizing distractions, and focusing carefully on one task at a time, we can actually speed up our overall work rate.


How to spot a great candidate

(Inc) While most candidates ask questions to look smart, Great candidates ask questions because they’re evaluating you, your company–and whether they really want to work for you.


The bulls eye questions top candidates ask:


What do you expect me to accomplish in the first 60 to 90 days?


They are the ones who want to want to make a difference–right away. They don’t want to spend weeks or months “getting to know the organization.”


What are the common attributes of your top performers?


Great candidates also want to be great long-term employees. Every organization is different, and so are the key qualities of top performers in those organizations.


Great candidates want to know if they can fit in and be a top performer.


What are a few things that really drive results for the company?


Employees are investments, and every employee should generate a positive return on his or her salary. They want to know what works to solve problems and helping the company succeed.


What do employees do in their spare time?


Great candidates usually have other job options. They want to know if they will have good colleagues and can fit in the organisation. After all happy employees are better employees.


How do you plan to deal with…?


Great candidates hope for growth and advancement. They want to know what you plan to do in case of a major challenge: technological changes, competitors entering the market, shifting economic trends and how they will fit into those plans.