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Remember the news stories about people suing fast-food companies because they had made them fat? Or the friend who hasn’t taken a vacation from work in years? Or how you keep saying, “I just don’t get enough sleep?” Choices, my friend, it’s all about choices.
Each day we make choices that influence our pace and quality of life, and many of these are unconscious. While it’s a good thing we don’t have to think about every little choice we make, when it comes to creating a balance between our work-related activities and the rest-of-our-life activities, we do need to be making more conscious choices. Otherwise, we can find ourselves living with the effect of our choices which may leave us feeling overwhelmed, out of control, or unhealthy.
Better work-life balance, is high on the priority list for many workers, especially the generations following the Baby Boomers who see quality of life as a top priority, not monetary compensation. But ultimately our work-life balance is, and will always remain, with you and me. It comes down to the choices we make. Every hour of every day. To slow down … or to speed up. To take time to smell the flowers … or not. It’s about making conscious choices with an awareness of what’s needed or wanted at the time.
In this reflective and insightful program, your participants will discover the benefits of improving their work-life balance, identify what moves them toward and away from work-life balance, and commit to an action plan that will improve their work-life balance without turning things upside down.
As you contemplate your own work-life balance or imbalance, know that it is possible to build a balanced relationship between the two if you are willing to take the time to examine with honesty your current priorities, craft a plan for changes and implement it, and remember that small changes can sometimes yield big results. It’s your choice.
By the end of this program, participants will have identified the benefits of improving their work-life balance, recognized the factors that support or distract them from work-life balance, and committed to at least two actions that will improve their work-life balance.
Participants in this program will take a hands-on approach to learning what it takes to find work-life balance. They will define what work-life balance means, explore the consequences of imbalance and the benefits of balance, and strategize ways to minimize negative influences and accentuate positive influences on work-life balance.
The benefits of this program include:
Defining work-life balance.
Work-life balance is the dynamic relationship between achievement, fulfillment, and the factors that influence your choices.
By defining work-life balance in this way, you can begin to see which of your choices are achievement-oriented and which ones are fulfillment-oriented. You can also begin to see where you might be creating an out-of-balance situation with your choices
Identifying the consequences of work-life imbalance and the benefits of improving work-life balance.
An imbalanced life can have serious consequences that range from unhappiness to serious health issues.
A healthy work-life balance creates joy and satisfaction.
Identifying the factors that influence work-life balance.
Internal and external factors influence work-life balance.
By becoming aware of these factors, you can minimize the negative ones and maximize the positive ones.
Strategizing ways to improve work-life balance by minimizing one negative influence and maximizing one positive influence.
Negative influences are obstacles to finding work-life balance and positive influences can aid you in finding work-life balance.
By strategizing ways to minimize negative influences and maximize positive influences, you make it easier to find work-life balance.
Part I – What is Work-Life Balance?
This component defines work-life balance as the dynamic relationship between achievement, fulfillment, and the factors that influence what you choose.
It emphasizes the benefits of work-life balance that include less stress, better health, more satisfying relationships, and a greater sense of peace and success.
It includes an activity that allows participants to experience physical balance/imbalance and then relate that to their work-life balance.
Participants identify what the two aspects of work-life balance — achievement and fulfillment — mean to them, by adding images to a work-life balance activity sheet. Then they rate their current level of achievement and fulfillment on this same sheet.
Part II – What Are the Consequences of Work-Life Imbalance and the Consequences of Improving Work-Life Balance?
This component examines such consequences of work-life imbalance as stress, health issues, family/relationship issues, unhappiness, and not enjoying life.
It then examines the benefits of improving that balance, for example, less stress, better health, more satisfying relationships, and a greater sense of peace and success.
Participants identify what they think the consequences are of work-life balance.
Part III – What Influences My Work-Life Balance?
This section explores the negative and positive factors that influence work-life balance, both internal and external.
It includes an activity where participants examine what distracts them from maintaining their balance.
An introduction of the four quadrants in the work-life balance model.
Part IV – What Can I Do to Improve My Work-Life Balance?
Participants strategize how to minimize negative influences and maximize positive influences toward their goal of work-life balance.
Participants select a negative influence they want to focus on and an action that will help them minimize it. Then they select a positive influence they want to focus on and an action that will help them maximize it.
Course Review and Application
This section recaps key points from each of the four sections.
Summarizes the important points about work-life balance that, participants must:
Get clear about the factors that influence work-life balance.
Devise a strategy to minimize the negative and accentuate the positive influences.
Commit to changing their relationship to these influences
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