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Overworking and Business Owners: Working Towards Balance

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

 

I don’t usually write in this blog for business owners.  I usually run my workshops and gear my writing towards employers wanting to increase the well-being of their workplaces, employees, and HR professionals …. but I really feel the need to write this post.  I am a business owner and I know quite a few other people that are as well.  At first I thought I was one of the only business owners that struggled to find my balance and manage my stress… but I came to understand just how wrong I was.  I teach about these topics, so I can just imagine that many business owners struggle with this even more.

 

Do you relate to this scenario?  You thought you would start your own business to gain freedom in your life, have more control over your schedule, not have to deal with tough bosses, do what you love doing and to make more money.  You then had to put in many loooong hours in order to get things up and running, establish relationships with people, find clients, figure out how to run a business and go above and beyond on projects in order to create a name for yourself.  You thought things would slow down when your business took off…. and you could have your own personal life soon.  Then you changed your business, grew your business or took on more projects.  A balanced life stayed just beyond your reach.  You also had to deal with tough clients, employees and partners etc.  You became chained to your business instead of free like you had previously imagined.  Does that hit a bit too close to home for you? (more…)

Promoting Work/Life Balance in the Workplace

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

 

When employees feel well and balanced everyone benefits.   Employees will potentially feel happier, have more energy and feel higher levels of self-fulfillment.  Families can become stronger with healthier and more positive relationships.  Employers will likely enjoy employees that are more productive, less burnout and health issues within their work teams and also more positivity to the workplace.

 

3 Tips for Promoting Work/Life Balance in Your Workplace

 

1.  Start at the top!  If your management is practicing an unhealthy cycle of over-working that leads to burnout; they are very likely passing those believes, and type of lifestyle, on to the people that report to them!  If you want to change the culture in terms of balance in your organization start promoting balance with your management!

 

2.  Encourage that people do not take work home with them and have enough staff to handle your current workload during business hours.  If you notice individuals on your team skipping breaks/ lunch/holidays and also taking work home or staying late on a regular basis…. there is a problem.  Either they have an unrealistic amount of work on their plate or they identify with workaholic behavior.  Having your team take time away from their desks for breaks and meals, and taking their time off to re-energize and enjoy a personal life will ensure that you have an effective work team.  If you push people too hard, or they push themselves too hard, they will likely experience burnout and not have much to give.  Mistakes and lack of positivity can also happen when exhaustion (physical, mental or emotional) kicks in.

 

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