Achieving work-life satisfaction in a digital, ‘always on’ professional world is an important, but increasingly challenging balancing act. There will always be more work to do, more emails to read, and more professional goals to hit. So for those who truly want to move beyond a life tied solely to work, where do you start?
It starts with having an honest conversation with yourself:
- What matters to you?
- What expectations do you have for yourself, professionally and personally?
- Can you be an advocate for yourself and for others who want to work less and live more?
- Is your current company culture incompatible? Do you want to stay in your role and help change it or leave to find a company that fits you?
The fight for fulfilling work-life satisfaction often begins and ends with an organization and the company culture it promotes. Are those who are praised and lauded the ones who constantly work unpaid overtime or answer after-work emails at any time of the night? Or does your organization promote taking vacation days, offer mental health breaks, and support employees who leave work at their front door? It’s important to acknowledge and understand how both you and your company feel about people who truly stick to the metaphorical 9-5 before you can understand how to achieve that coveted work-life satisfaction.
If your company is less kind to ‘switching off’ and that is affecting your well-being, it’s an important step to decide whether to stay and try to enact change from the inside, or leave your role (and your company) in pursuit of ENTREPRENEURSHIP or another organization that respects the work-life satisfaction balancing. If your choice is to stay, it’s important to understand that the challenge of achieving balance will include advocating, not just yourself, but also for your colleagues. It’s important to work together with your colleagues to help change the culture of an organization. Acknowledge that fighting for the right to a happy life within a company’s ever-mounting push for profit and productivity will be a hard battle, but the reward for yourself and others is important to your physical, emotional, and mental well-being.
LOOKING TO FINALLY PUT ALL THE PUZZLE PIECES TOGETHER? MARTINA CAN HELP YOU:
- Assess your physical, mental, and emotional needs
- Implement work and life boundaries
- Find the company culture that fits your needs