How to help employees balance their work and home lives

1. Viewpoint

"Life’s unfairness is not irrevocable; we can help balance the scales for others, if not always for ourselves."

Hubert Humphrey

2. Quotable quote

"The adage ‘all work and no play makes for a dull person’ only partially tells the story. All work and no play can also contribute to accidents, illness, and social problems."


3. Research says

A TMP Worldwide survey of 5000 staff found that 30 per cent said their job was consuming too much of their lives.

Management Today, September 2002.

4. Viewpoint

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is so terribly important."

Bertrand Russell

5. Viewpoint

"Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do."

Oscar Wilde

6. Don't forget

Look after yourself in the following ways:

  • Don’t take things too seriously. Lighten up! Research tells us that we have control over less than ten per cent of things we worry about.
  • Be prepared to laugh at yourself. In fact, adding more fun and laughter to your life is a great idea.
  • Trust people. Focuss-ing on negatives is a health hazard.
  • Show genuine concern for others.
  • If you’re a Type A personality, take care. Type Bs live longer.
  • Find out what individuals value most and talk to them about those particular interests. If you want people to become interested in you, first you must get them talking about themselves.
  • Be the first to leave some days - for a few laps of the pool, or a round of golf, perhaps.
  • Adjust your daily routine. Schedule a day working from home.
  • Continue to develop good habits.
  • Avoid mood swings.
  • Talk less; listen more.