The landscape of work-life balance has changed dramatically over the last couple of decades, and the nurturing of personal relationships is now more important than ever. Research has shown that employees with strong and effective relationships live longer, have less stress, and have higher levels of employee engagement. Wise employers understand the importance of how personal relationships enrich our professional lives.
Managing and nurturing our relationships is perhaps the most important and impactful thing we can do to enrich our lives. Our society respects and reveres those who have happy personal relationships. Much thought, research, and time is put into reinforcing the importance of balancing these varied responsibilities.
Rather than focusing on the number of such relationships, it is important to examine the quality of our relationships with spouses, children, co-workers and others. Social media can give us a false sense of an effective support network, when in reality, we may just have an abundance of superficial “friends” online. High-quality relationships give us energy and low-quality relationships take energy from us. It is important to spend more time in positive relationships and less time in negative ones. Failing this, it’s vital to somehow change the way we view a negative relationship. Doing this helps us keep the right focus in life. If you really want a boost in energy and perspective, volunteer your time and build relationships with those who are less fortunate. Many companies encourage employees to be mentors for this very reason.
Employers’ Approach in Helping Employees Maintain a Work-Life Balance
For employers, it is important to let employees focus on results, not just time in the office. This will let employees design their own best work-life balance. It also sends a message that the company trusts the employee to get the work done. Companies will see employee engagement rise in this environment. This also results in a performance culture instead of a face-time culture.
Learning How to Quickly Plug In and Out Will Enhance Your Relationships
Gone are the days when you leave your office and your work behind. Laptops, email, and smartphones saw to that. Now there is no longer a physical barrier between work life and personal life. Successfully plugging in and then unplugging is one key to managing your relationships. Career coaching services can help with tools on refining this skill.
Being able to focus on work, then focus on your family or personal relationships, and then focus again on work is a recipe for success. This is not easy and will take practice to refine. However, once mastered, this skill makes for happier employees.