Overworked has become the new normal.
How often do people take home their laptop at night, just have to go in for a few hours on the weekend or ugh…answer their work cell phone after hours! Oh sure we think it’s just because my team is really under the wire with this project or the boss is working late so I have to also.
The balance between home and work can be heavily tipped towards work quite easily. Often people don’t even notice until someone like me asks them to tally up some hours and we look them in the face. The bigger problem comes when trying to undo this and get a better balance. People are expected and expect to be overworked these days.
This is not a healthy way to live. If it was only on the rare occasion this happens then it probably wouldn’t be a problem. However it quickly tends to slide into being the normal way we live and work. The thing is, it really doesn’t matter how much resilience you have, how strong and vibrant you are…if you are placed in this kind of unhealthy energy vacuum you will eventually join the ranks of the burned out and unhealthy.
Work place well-being is important to the company and the employees!
Insurance companies are reporting that the fastest growing claims for disability is mental and health disorders.
People who work in environments with high demand, high effort but low control and low reward are at most risk for higher instance of serious illness (think heart attack, infections, injury) and mental health issues (depression, anxiety, anger).
Time to focus on working towards balance in our lives..no matter what your job.
What to do?
– strive for open communication and discussion
– work to ensure respectful attitudes at work. From and towards managers!
– provide or ask for the tools and training you need to do a job early on
– take and enforce that others take vacation time or go home when ill
– be aware of your personal balance between home and work.
– work on your own self awareness and take steps to bring down your stress level and work on your own life balance