Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Work-Life Balance: Part 1

What is Balance?
Employers say, "We need people who come to work ready to get the job done – people whose personal lives are stable enough that they can direct their attention and energy to their work, their customers, and their teammates."

Many employees say, "My private life is nobody's business."  That's true – If you keep your personal life private.  However, many employees spend a great deal of paid work time discussing personal issues that have nothing to do with their jobs.  Most coworkers and managers resent this behavior because they don't have the time to get involved in solving other people's problems.  They also do not feel qualified to act as someone else's therapist, counselor, parent, or confessor.

Assessing the Situation:
  • How do you feel when someone begins discussing personal issues while you are trying to get your work done?.
  • What techniques have you used to get an employee refocused and back to work?
  • What could be the negative consequences of someone talking too openly about his/her personal life at work while at work?
  • A healthy functional environment is one that is safe, has rules and boundaries, and where you are valued. At this time, would you consider your environment outside of work to be healthy and functional? Why or why not?
  • What are some ways in which you can improve your home and personal life to enhance your work productivity?
Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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