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Why You Should Advocate for Your Work-Life Balance

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Work-life balance is a current buzzword and hot topic in today’s market, with many New Zealand companies being more open to flexible hours, working from home options and other alternative working arrangements. However, many workers and organisations still struggle to achieve the right balance.

Why is that?

After being burnt out in a previous role, I am a huge proponent of advocating for your own work-life balance and keeping up with your hobbies outside of work. Here’s why:

  1. Reduces Your Stress
    We all know that exercise reduces stress, but there are plenty of other activities that help with stress management. If running is not your cup of tea, read a book or try meditation and yoga. Don’t forget about arts and crafts such as painting, puzzles and even card and board games.
     
  2. Increases Your Productivity
    Being able to leave work at the office really helps you decompress from a jam-packed day. To be able to fully devote time to your dinner, family and hobbies allows you to come back to work refreshed. Yes, there are those times we need to do work outside of the office or put in extra hours, but do not underestimate the importance of stepping away.
     
  3. Utilise Your Hobbies at Work
    One thing that drew me to Beyond Recruitment was that I would be able to ‘blog’ on topical matters and share them on behalf of the business. This was important to me because I am a blogger outside of work and I loved the idea of being able to bring one of my personal passions to my workplace.

    Look for ways where you can incorporate your interests into work. For example, are you a runner? Why not get your colleagues involved and fundraise for a cause? Do you like networking? Ask if your company would want to be a sponsor for an event. You never know when your outside-of-work activity might help you get your next role or be a positive addition to your current position!
  4. Gain Transferrable Skills and Keeps You Well-Rounded
    In addition, focussing on your work-life balance can make you a more dynamic individual. For example, being creative outside of work can keep you motivated in a repetitive accounting job. Activities that build confidence, such as Toastmasters, can help you become a better salesperson. On top of reducing stress, these hobbies can improve the skills you bring to your core role.

Remember, work-life balance doesn’t just happen on its own – it’s something you have to continually work on and prioritise throughout your day-to-day life and career. By scheduling your time effectively, putting up healthy boundaries (including not checking work messages on your phone in the evening) and communicating your wishes with your manager and colleagues, you can achieve optimal balance within your role and become a more fulfilled person as a result.

How are you advocating for your own work-life balance? Do you have any hobbies that have made you a better professional? Let me know your thoughts. And if you’d like more advice or help with finding a role that will allow you to achieve the optimum work-life balance, please get in touch with me.

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