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Giving Quality Time to Both Home and Career

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An MBA-HR with a total of 10 years in Corporate HR, CSR & as visiting faculty-HR. Written early in her career, this may help students.

Aligning to self keeps all else in place

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Work-life balance

Cruel as it may sound, the modern business world with all its challenges and pressures is such that “stress” has become a way of life. This accounts for the increasing number of meditation, physiotherapy, yoga and counseling centres.

With intensifying pressures of work , there’s tremendous work-life imbalance. Integrating family and work life so as to sustain both with sanity is a challenge for a majority of employees .In such a disruptive scenario, organisations have to innovate and provide their employees with programs that enable them to balance their responsibilities at workplace and at home and elsewhere.

Exhaustion and declining employee morale are the two major syndromes of work-life unbalance.

Thomas and Bennis in their book, Geek and Geezers, mention how attitudes towards work and life balance have differed across generations. Baby boomers are no more the “give away our lives for our company” fanatically loyal employees. Gen X and V employees are committed to meet the demands of both work and family life.

Reconciling the competing claims of both work and home is what the HR teams aim at in most organizations to facilitate better work results and happy employee-ambassadors. Traditional social security measures of maternity leave etc is not what work-life balance is restricted to. Human Resources has evolved further. The concept of work-life balance with its practices has become more deep and expansive in the recent times.

The corporation has to adopt certain well defined strategies in order to tackle work life imbalance .A pre-requisite of this is the provision of organizational support towards maintaining the flexibility of work and life of the employees. This entails the dissemination of flexibility of work, HR policies and practices and other regulations that enable a sound blend of personal lives with their careers. In this regard, it is inevitable that the top management of the company must communicate its keen-ness and willingness to organize work schedules as per the comfort of the employee within acceptable limits of course .



Work place Flexibility

In 1999, Procter and Gamble was positioned as second best employer in the category of providing flexible work options to its employees. Workplace flexibility is an effective and practical solution for maintaining effective work-life balance. This reduces stress as it reduces the constraints of time.

The flexible benefits under this would be those of telecommuting from home, flexi-time and a compressed work week. Work-life programs also includes child care facilities-some organizations have crèches, others organize for games and competitions for the children of their employees. Datamatics limited- a CMMi level 5 IT company in Andheri, Mumbai-for instance organizes painting competitions for the kids of its employees once in every few months. Elder care facilities and special leave schemes give freedom to the employees to handle domestic crisis which they maybe facing, without jeopardizing their employment status.


1. Flexi-time: an HR practice which permits an employee to decide upon his working hours as per his own convenience ,save a few limitations .A Harvard study that questioned employees on their most significant job component—the first priority was “having a schedule that allows me to spend time with my family”.

Under the flextime policy ,employees are to work for a certain specified hours during the day. Flexible work arrangements, according to a Watson Wyatt Worldwide study resulted in increased productivity owing to the following:


1. Greater control on schedules reduce short term abstentions.

2. Employees choose to work during their most productive hours.

3. More flexible service is offered to customers.

Part time employment too has some popularity in recent times: it enables employees to maintain both home and other interests such as higher education etc.


2. Job Sharing: This practice involves that two part time employees carry out tasks associated with a single job. This, surely demands compatibility between the two work partners.


3. Telecommuting: Telecommuters are involved in informative jobs that require analysis or research, writing, budgeting, data entry or computer programming .The internet is a superb source of help to them.


4. Modified retirement is yet another benefit that enables work-life balance to aged employees to work for a few hours in a day for a certain period preceding retirement.


Incorporating spirituality in workplace is the most recent innovation in some organizations. Thus the modern workplace in which you and I are to work with all its challenges is also one which is tolerant and considers the comprehensiveness of our beings. Isn’t it wonderful that Maslow's hierarchy of human needs is being understood and implemented? Humans are not robotic machines. They spend hours at workplace and its important to have basic standards of quality in terms of hygiene factors to sustain them



Telecommuting

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Work from home in Covid-19 pandemic times.

Approach to ergonomics have therefore changed.

It is important to have a separate workstation or similar arrangement at home to maintain posture, as much as it is important for family members to support by not pulling you into household chores during work hours.

Both physical and environmental hygiene matters. For example, to work on the same bed one goes to sleep in at night can disturb sleep patterns as mind is habituated to be actively working there and not relaxing.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Neha Rohra

Comments

Neha Rohra (author) from India on November 24, 2020:

Thank you Anindya! Yes hence updated this

Thank you Karishma :-)

Karishma walia on November 24, 2020:

This article is very inspiring and motivating very good catch on topic

Dr. Anindya Dasgupta on November 24, 2020:

With new work from home due to covid the insights from this article has become even more relevant now.

Neha Rohra (author) from India on November 24, 2020:

Thank you Himanshu for reading

Neha Rohra (author) from India on November 24, 2020:

Thank you Amit, this was written back in 2013. I have written more in recent times and will be writing on practical life matters and HR.

Amit Halder on November 24, 2020:

Wonderful share

Anindya Dasgupta on July 24, 2020:

very informative and inspiring article. i have hope now that it is possible to give quality time to both home and career.

Neha Rohra (author) from India on December 15, 2013:

Thankyou Nitesh.

Nitesh Srivastava from Bangalore on December 15, 2013:

Very well written article and good catch on the subject. Job stress has penetrated so much in lives that it is causing high imbalance in people's personal and professional lives. This is why many people today are quitting jobs to find other modes of earning to make a living by themselves. Entrepreneurs and self employed numbers are growing day by day.