America is a great country. There is no doubt about that. As with any country, there are good and bad things. One thing I’m discussing today is why every employee needs a work like balance.
The American employee (not necessarily a WANT) to prove themselves to their employer. They NEED to prove they are an asset to the company. The NEED to prove to their employer that they are irreplaceable and no one else can do their job the way they can is front and foremost. Take a look at most everyone on vacation. They are either on their phones or on company laptops. And you can tell who those people are by the bar code on the laptop.
Scan me in!
That bar code has become a symbol of the American person. That is what’s being used to track our every movement. You cannot go anywhere without being tagged. You go on vacation, you scan in. You go to the hospital for a procedure, you scan in. Work is just ALWAYS there in your life. You cannot escape it, even for a day.
Workers actually NEED to step away from work. They NEED to be able to focus on their families and their own well being. Work cannot be the be all, end all in their lives. Work should not be a place that people need to escape from. Family should not be shadows.
Here are three reasons why employees NEED a Work/Life Balance:
- No one should have to decide between family and work – This is FIRST AND FOREMOST. Family is important. Even though work pays the bills, Family should always be the focus of the employee. They should not feel guilty about leaving because they want to take their child to a baseball game. They should not feel guilty for wanting to spend the weekend with their significant other.
- Health – Have we heard the saying, “You’ll eventually have to call in dead. What then?” No? Probably because I just said it. Employees have health issues. It’s not uncommon. They’re not going to get better if they’re laying in the hospital bed worrying if they’re going to get a call saying they’ve been replaced. What happens if you were to die? Where would your employer be? Replacing you. Focus on your health and then work.
- Having a life – I know! This one is absolutely MIND BLOWING. We should not have to work to live, we should be living to work. Take that vacation and experience what life has to offer. If you’re doing nothing but work, work, work, the next thing you know, you’re too old to see what’s out there. So, travel, take that road trip and eat that cake. You have one life. Don’t waste it.
With all that said, as the saying goes, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”