Why We Need To Change
The term ‘work-life balance’ has been thrown around for so long now that it’s often accompanied with a shrug of the shoulders or an eye-roll. The concept is bordering on outdated because the divide between work and life is no longer clear. We no longer live in a society where we finish work at the end of our shift or day and forget about it until we arrive back there the next day.
Today’s world means we are always connected giving us the ability to work from anywhere at any time. Our technology has evolved at a rate greater than our ability to manage it.
These are the reasons why balance is more relevant than ever before. Creating ‘work-life balance’ is not about returning to the days where we switch off until our next shift but it’s about creating a manageable relationship between our personal and professional lives.
The statistics on the negative impact of unmanaged work-life relationships provide evidence that change is needed.
- In the last financial year (2016-2017) the estimated economic & productivity impact of work/life balance issues cost Australian businesses $66.3 billion.
- Unpaid overtime takes over $130 billion from household incomes every year.
- Full-time workers spend an average of 6 hours of unpaid work a week ($12,100 per annum)
- 30% Australians work from home, but for almost half (42%) the reason for this is to catch up on work
- Australia is currently ranked 27 out of 37 countries for work /life balance
- 29% of workers feel high stress related to their job always or often. 44% feel it sometimes.
How satisfied are you with your work-life balance?
How has your work-life balance changed in the past 2 years?
‘Work-Life Balance Management’ was created to take a proactive approach to these challenges through innovative and individualised consulting, coaching and facilitation services.