The following is a guest post by Maggie Kimberl, a Spirits Journalist, Content Manager at NowSourcing, Independent Bourbon Culture Expert, and Web Editor.
The United States is in the bottom 20% for countries with a good balance between work and life. The Netherlands is number one. Before technology took over our lives people would leave work and go home to be with their families. But now that we have the ability to check email at the dinner table many people are expected to do just that. This has led to an erosion of the lines between work and home life. It’s not always a bad thing to have that flexibility, but if you are spending all of your home time thinking about work it’s time to start fighting back.
In the short term, imbalance between your work life and your home life can lead to poor morale at work, high turnover rates, lowered productivity, and more. At home, poor balance between work and life can manifest itself as missed family time and lack of focus or engagement with family members. In the long term, poor balance between work and life can lead to anxiety and depression.
So what do you do if you feel like your life is out of balance? Start looking for ways to make it work better. Oftentimes things like flexible schedules and the opportunity to work at home can really help to restore that balance. Restricting the hours when you are available for work can also help.
Learn more about how to restore your work-life balance from this infographic.