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Five tips for a better work-life balance in 2019

Category: Work-Life Balance, careers, Advice

Is your New Year resolution to achieve a better work-life balance? You’re not alone. A survey conducted by the Mental Health Foundation, found over 40% of employees are neglecting aspects of their life because of work.

The survey also found that one third of respondents feel unhappy about the time they devote to work. That’s not conducive to good working relationships. And unhappy employees lead to reduced productivity. Employers have an important role to play in this, but what can employees do to achieve a good work-life balance in 2019?

  1. Let employers know when the workload is too much. It’s essential to speak up when work expectations are exceeding what is feasibly possible. And if you’re not listened to, consider a new position. There’s hundreds of jobs available now with compassionate employers committed to great working conditions.
  2. Take a lunchbreak. Working through lunch can often seem like the only way to power through the pile of work but it’s a poor use of time. Stepping away from the situation is a great way to get perspective and clear the mind. Avoid eating at your desk and make yourself go for a walk. Get away from the work environment.
  3. Start each day by making two lists of tasks – one for work and one for your personal life. Organise the lists into order of priority and tackle them from the top down. If you’re not able to finish the lists, just take a deep breath and roll the tasks over to the next day.
  4. Take up a hobby. Often, feelings of work-related stress can be accompanied by a decline in mental health. To combat this, it is a good idea to take up exercise, meditation, or a new hobby. Protect the time spent on these pursuits and ensure that you set aside some time each day to do them.
  5. Find a new employer. It may seem a big jump but if all avenues have been exhausted then perhaps it’s time to look for a new job. No matter how dedicated and loyal you are, there are going to be times when it is better to walk away. If that time is now, search our database for available vacancies today.

We’re excited about the new opportunities emerging for jobseekers in 2019. We’re committed to working with employers who are diverse and inclusive – and finding them great staff. Search our database for current vacancies here.

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