According to a recent, interesting survey on work-life balance by Monster.com, more than half of the surveyed working professionals — 45% of whom were from non-metro cities in India — rated their current work-life balance average to terrible. 67% of the surveyed working professionals found it difficult to completely switch off from work – when not at work. Contrary to popular perception of technology being an enabler, one-third of young professionals conceded that technology was in fact a hindrance in managing work and family commitments! The survey highlighted certain pertinent, consequent issues ranging from stressed personal relationships to work-related and stress related ailments.
CXO Life has always endeavoured to bring forth stories inspiring balance and we aspire (and perspire) to connect, engage and amplify influential voices through our dedicated platform. As a part of our latest series of conversations around work-life balance, we plan to frequently showcase opinions of HR Directors, Founders, CXOs on what according to them construes work-life balance and how they try to achieve it – personally as well as for the company. We present our first such edition by two leaders from very different domains.
“Employees invariably have Stable Relationships with Management when they feel a Sense of Ownership over their Lives” – Utkarsh Bansal, Director of Business Strategies at Utkarsh India
We live in a society which is on 24/7. The lines demarcating work and home have blurred because of our capacity to stay connected around the clock. It is arduous to be present with your family when you are glued to your phone, checking emails or text messages from work. People who are challenged with time need to prioritise carefully. It is important to define one’s idea of balance. It would be ideal if we were able to allot eight hours for work, eight hours for sleep and the remaining eight to pursue our passions.
I believe that business is bound to benefit if you feel good at home. Pursuing interesting hobbies outside of daily work can be a source of inspiration, energy and ideas.
At Utkarsh India, we urge employees to discover things in their domestic routine that can be a source of mastery and satisfaction, whether it is home repair projects, preparing a meal for family or merely spending quality time with their kids. Since its inception, we have aimed to maintain a healthy environment for all our employees.
We have observed that employees tend to have stable relationships with the management when they feel a sense of ownership and control over their lives. We believe balanced employees always feel less stressed and more motivated which increases the company’s productivity and also lessens the disagreements among the co-workers.
Work-life balance isn’t about separation – it is about consolidation. You don’t get a home life and a work life. You only get one and you need to make the most of it!
“Make your Workspace Work for you!” – Ritu Grover, Founder and CEO, TGH Lifestyle Services
We are unfortunately in an age where humans are expected to work like robots but what we continuously fail to realise is that we can’t keep pushing ourselves. We simply can’t because we’re living, breathing, social organisms who require rest and family time to function better.
Undoubtedly, people today are experiencing a lot more burnout and chronic stress than they were experiencing probably 15-20 years ago. Working over the weekend and coming to office may be perceived as excellent work ethics in most workplaces but aren’t we missing the big picture?
It is time we realise that progress and success doesn’t always have to come by working overtime and that it is necessary to often step back, recharge, rejuvenate and spend quality time with your loved ones and oneself.
At TGH Lifestyle Services, we shut the office doors at 7 p.m. and make sure all employees are done with their respective jobs by then. Of course, since we are in the service sector, there are days when our top-level management ends up working late. To make up for this, we have lenient office hours and if the employee isn’t feeling well or has certain work to do, we allow them to work from home. We also have an in-house concierge to take care of the personal errands of our staff.
I personally spend Sundays away from my phone, with my daughter and parents. Usually, the day starts with going to the spa with my mom and daughter and in the evening, I play golf with my father. I cherish my dinner time with family and derive much fun from our dinner table conversations. We also take a vacation every three months.
The key, I believe, is to play to your strengths and prioritize your time. You need to understand how to manage time in the long term and not just today or tomorrow or in the coming week. Know how to make your workspace work for you!