Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Work - Life Balance at Work

Creating Balance in Your Work Life

  • Are you refreshed and ready to get back to work after a, hopefully, relaxing summer?

  •  Are you looking forward to doing something different and exciting?

  •   Are you seeking ways to cope more effectively with the demands of your current work?

  •   Are you aiming to make your work more fulfilling and enjoyable?

Let’s examine mental strategies to put you in control of your well- being at work.  The following guidelines may result in overall increased sense of satisfaction and contentment and a reduction in work related stress.  

Set Reasonably High and Positive Performance Goals

  •  Be clear about and adhere to your job description and range of responsibilities on which you will be evaluated
  •   Long Term: Set annual performance goals in line with your job description and employer’s expectations
  •   Short Term: Take time to plan and prioritize your work on a daily basis in line with your long term goals
  •   Determine ways to measure your progress and accomplishments
  •   Reward yourself when you achieve your goals

Recognize What You Can and Cannot Control
If a distressing work related situation is truly beyond your ability and power to change, one option is to determine how you may be able to adapt to the situation in a way that enables you to reduce the stress and function well.

  Remind yourself that:

  • The situation is limited to work and do not allow it to infringe on your personal life
  •   You can manage if the situation is temporary, until you leave or when a planned change in the workplace takes place
  •   The situation is external to you and does not define you. Therefore, do not internalize an unhealthy workplace situation.
  •  You have a right and responsibility to stand up for yourself and what you need to do your best work

Foster Positive Relationships and Effective Communication

Do Your Best To:

  •  Identify co-workers, who may serve as a resource and support system in your workplac
  •  Promote  positive interactions with colleagues and supervisors
  •   Seek to engage in cooperative problem solving
  •   Clearly communicate your needs in an assertive (not aggressive) manner

Keep Work in a Healthy Perspective 

Remember that:

  •  Work is what you do, not who you are
  •   Work should not occupy the bulk of your life; Create balance outside of work in your personal life

Determine when it may be in your best healthy self-interest to leave

Recognize when:

  •   The impact of a negative situation results in health problems, significant mental stress (i.e. anxiety and / or depression) and difficulty functioning at your best
  •   You have outgrown the job and may be ready for upward mobility and greater challenge

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