When work accounts for more than 90,000 hours of your life, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. While technology aids us in virtually everything we do, it also encourages us to stay connected 24/7. We can fill in spreadsheets via app, check emails during a night out with friends and meet work deadlines on the beach when we’re supposed to be on vacation.
In a world where being connected is the norm, it’s often hard to determine when enough is enough. How do you find a balance between life and work? When do you walk away? At what point do you put down the phone and enjoy the sunset or actually watch the concert?
I wondered these and many other questions. That’s why I turned to Justin Welk, Talent Coordinator for Sundog Interactive, and Kathryn Berg and Robert Jones, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Trainers at The Village Business Institute to find some answers.
I was surprised to hear that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all rule for work-life balance. It turns out, the nature of each industry is different and everyone handles stress in their own way. In fact, some people enjoy stress and are happy to work more than a typical 40-hour work week. For others, it’s important to unplug after work and separate their work life from their personal life.
Either way, it’s important for everyone to have some down time. Without it, you risk mental health issues or burnout. See what tips the experts share in order to help leave work at work. (And seriously, put down the phone for a second.)
The article was published in The Forum on June 18. You can read it here.