Why Every Employee Needs A Work Life Balance

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.

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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.

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With all that said, as the saying goes, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

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20 Responses to Why Every Employee Needs A Work Life Balance

  1. Robin rue says:

    I couldn’t agree more! It took me YEARS to find my balance, but I did. Loving all your tips.

  2. lisa says:

    Staying home with my kids is exhausting but the best move I could have made. My husband works very hard, but that gives me the freedom to stay home and raise my kids.

  3. Alli Smith says:

    Unfortunately, everyone out in the work field is replaceable. I learned a long time ago that family time must be a priority. Thankfully, I’ve always loved my jobs. These days, working from home is the place to be for me. Most days, it doesn’t feel like work at all.

  4. Paula Schuck says:

    Work/life balance is important whether you’re an employee or self employed. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of making more and more time to make more and more money. But what good is it if you never see your family?

  5. I echoed what Lisa have said., I also decided to be a stay at home Mom and very grateful for my husband for supporting it. It’s imnportant for the kids.

  6. candy says:

    Talk about a much needed subject. My neighbor always is on her phone or laptop while on vacation. Not me I am not even working on my blog when we leave for vacation, it is time for me and time to enjoy life.

  7. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    Having a work life balance is so important. Too much work is stressful and too much stress is so bad for you mentally and physically.

  8. I think I was meant to be a blogger. I mean, yeah it gets stressful sometimes, but for the most part I love it. I feel less stressed than if I worked outside the home.

    • Jacqui says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more Dawn. It is stressful, but I’d rather be stressed because of my company, not one that can let me go at any moment! lol

  9. Chris Lewis says:

    This is so important but it is not always an easy thing to do! I find that I feel tethered to work in many ways let alone trying to stay on top pf activities within my blog and podcast outside of work.

  10. These are exactly the three main reasons why I quit my corporate job. It seemed that the ambiguity between family and work reigns supreme in the corporate world. They don’t care if you have to miss work because you have to attend to a family emergency. They tag and mark it down as inappropriate and damaging to the flow of business. That alone and I quit! Thank you for this article. Even if it made the anxiety in me resurface, I am still happy I made the right decision.

  11. LauraOinAK says:

    Yes!

    If you love what you do, then the work is more manageable.

    But, even when you love your chosen profession, you need downtime. It’s just so hard to do when people expect you at their beck and call.

  12. Franc Ramon says:

    What is life for if we don’t live it fully. We really need to balance our work and life and everything else in between. It will make us feel more accomplished and satisfied.

  13. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These are great reasons why every employee needs a work life balance. Everyone should be able to vacation to relax from their work life and enjoy what they are working for in the first place. Health is another important thing in an employees life. We all need to be able to take care of our health rather than go to work sick. Thanks for sharing the information.

  14. Amanda says:

    I really struggle with having a life-work balance. Sometimes I blame the fact that I work from home with my two kids underfoot, but then again, I think anyone who works and has a family is overwhelmed.

  15. Findin the right balance between work life and home life is very difficult. As a blogger, I find it extra difficult at times. This is a great overview of why employees need to find balance.

  16. Finding balance between work and life is not always easy and is something I am constantly working on! Great tips!

  17. Sara says:

    A work life balance is very imporant! You can’t choose a job if it is too stressful and time-consuming. Great article!

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