From Work-Life Balance to Workplace Wellbeing


The past few decades, personal development experts have been trying to teach the art of juggling together the many aspects of work and life. This they called Work-Life balancing. Whether such a balance is ever achieved is a matter of debate. One thing that is for sure is that to do well in one, the other has to be compromised.

This is because the very premise that ‘work and life are mutually exclusive domains’ is flawed. It assumes that people will always remain torn between what they want to and what they have to. Research has shown that workers are least productive when they are struggling to strike a balance between work and personal life.

Modern enterprises understand that people produce best results when they feel that work is an integral part of their life. The idea is to make employees feel belonged and happy to be part of the organization and its purpose. This can be done by establishing continuity of personal life environment at workplace and vice versa, to the extent feasible. The methods include Flexi-Timing, Remote Working and Wellness Planning.

While the first two depend largely on the nature of the work, Wellness planning can be done almost universally. It is done by creating a work environment that is nourishing to the physical, mental, inter-personal and spiritual wellbeing of the employee. Measures include creating fitness centers, health kitchens, relaxing stations and instituting counselling and healthcare services. Once employees start feeling well at work, they start feeling well at home as well. And the need for balancing work and life slowly vanishes.

So, ‘Goodbye Work-Life Balance, Hello Workplace Wellbeing’.

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