Work life balance in Hyperlocal Startups and companies of all size ( Part II )
4th August 2015Category : HyperlocalPublished by :J Ranjan Reading Time : 8 Minute News Sourced : Global
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Based upon the researches, I have
found that there are two types of conflict.
(1) Work-to-family conflict where
work interferes with the family life of employees.
(2) Family-to-work conflict where
family interferes with the work life of employees.
Mentioned below are the factors of
conflict in workplace and family environment respectively.
In Workplace Environment:
(1) Extensive, irregular, or
inflexible work hours;
(2) Extensive travel; work overload;
(3) Interpersonal conflict at work;
(4) Career transitions; unsupportive
supervisor or organization.
In Family Environment:
(1) Presence of young children;
(2) Primary responsibility for
(3) Elder care responsibilities;
(4) Interpersonal conflict within the
(5) Unsupportive family members.
Further I also find that decisions
regarding the allocation of time to work and family activities are based partly
on individual preferences and values.
What is balanced life?
I have tried tried to highlight the
various definitions of life and what does it look like when our life is
balanced? “Balance is a journey and not a destination”. “Balance is enjoying
life, enjoying work, spending time with family and friends, keeping healthy,
playing, maintaining spirituality, and giving back to the community.” Utmost
care should be taken in order to attain balance as it’s neither a magical
formula nor an automatic equilibrium between work and private life. Balance
isn’t a static outcome. It keeps on changing over periods of time in one’s
life. It also depends on the external and the internal factors in one’s life.
The concept of balance is entirely personal.
Here is the credibility of “Wheel of
life” in terms with readers approach to balanced life. “Wheel of Life” is a
remote tool used to know the balance ratio of one’s life. The wheel of life is
a circle divided into ten different sections such as life purpose, goal
setting, productivity, motivation, self awareness, communication, physical
health, relationships, leadership and finances. The wheel of life determines
the strengths and weaknesses of one’s life. This in turn helps the human beings
to improve upon the areas that require attention.
I personally feel that the concept of
life balance is dynamic. This is because life is always in a constant stage of
ups and downs and all the aspects of life can not be balanced at the same time.
Is it really difficult to have a
Human beings struggle a lot to
balance their lives. Is it because work holism is considered a virtue these
days or environment at the workplace has changed so competitively or have our
“Everything has been figured out
except how to live a balanced life”. (Jean-Paul Sartre)
I feel that finding time is the
biggest hurdle in order to have a balanced life. It’s is neither easy to create
a balanced life nor to maintain it. Balanced life is desired by every human and
it’s obtainable. Balanced life comes along with some unwilling compromises.
Living with balance is more tiring and more like an overworked pack horse.
“Now here, you see, it takes all the
running you can do to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere
else, you must run at least twice as fast as that. The White Queen (Lewis
In order to attend balance, everyone
should be advised to shift the attention from “Outer-directed” world to the
“Inner-directed” world. Instead of focusing on exclusive accomplishments of
others, human beings need to concentrate on things that can make them a happier
and an authentic person. Inner fundamental goals have to be focused upon in
order to understand what is really important to them. I personally advise
employees to reorder and relearn priorities. The formula for having a balanced
life is simple: work less and spend more time in doing what can be enjoyed.
Are the overworking employees too
ambitious to have a balanced life?
We need to find out the possibility
of existence of ambition and a balanced life simultaneously? In other words,
can the overworking employees strive for career success whilst maintaining a
rewarding home life? Most of the times steps taken to achieve a balanced life
along with career success seems to be going Hayward in another direction. Men
and women who value their home lives constantly struggle a lot with issues of
balance. But choices have to be made on a daily basis. These choices represent
daily opportunities to set priorities. Whilst setting the priorities, utmost
care needs to be taken in order to maintain a balance between the work-related
and personal activities.
“The juggling of career ambitions
with a home life involves dozens of disquieting decisions. Frequently,
knowledge of our Personal Priorities is of little value in these conditions
because for the ambitious, success at work is truly important. It might be
expressed as “to the top” or “Achieving goals or Being satisfied with my
career”or even“believe my work counts.” ” (Sawi, 2000, P 54)
All the notions mentioned above
translate to the fact that modern employees strive to achieve most and master
the field they have chosen. Ambitious employees who want balance soon learn
that they can’t make everybody happy. “N” number of compromises and trade-offs
are required to maintain a balance during the career fulfillment periods.
People make a lot of sacrifices in order to balance their work and society. The
term “Trade-off” has been used here in place of sacrifices. Time,
relationships, where you live and work, and values are not currencies reserved
exclusively for the highly ambitious. Subtly or directly, anyone employed in
the modern workplace is asked to make trade-offs in each of these categories.
How to Maintain Work Society Balance?
Sustaining work society balance is
more important than ever before. Kindly keep in mind that maintaining balance
is the key to professional and personal success. Gone are the days when the
profession of employees was their most important identity. There is lot more to
life than just work. Employees have now started developing elusive balance and
are learning to live InSync.
In order to maintain balance,
employees now have a clear vision and understanding of what they want.
Employees pursue goals that help them realize their dreams. Employees have
adapted themselves practically into the mainstreams of life and this has helped
them optimize their personal powers.
REVIEWING GOALS: This method helps
the employees to focus their time and energy on the most important aspects of
their life and work. The reviews of goals keep the employees focused towards
their important aspects.
FORMING INTENTIONS: Employees can
have a balanced life by maintaining a positive thinking towards their
responsibilities and being innovative towards their family and work.
Being Assertive: “Assertiveness helps
you to align your thoughts, communications and actions.” (Holden & Renshaw,
2002, P. 52)
Being assertive helps in fulfillment
of needs and desired aspects of life. This helps in keeping focused and happy
as the employees are able to fulfill their commitments.