Do You Have A Good Work-Life Balance?

The pace of economic change is accelerating and nowhere more so than in the workplace. The idea of achieving a work-life balance is scarcely a dream for many people, as the lines between job and family blur. But what does it mean for those caught in the chaos.

Changing technology

Technology is driving change in the workplace as the nature of jobs shift from long-term and permanent to short-term and contract.

Everyone is becoming more adept at using technology in all aspects of everyday life but people are also increasingly dependent on it to function.

Many next generation employees have grown up with technology as the norm and use it automatically and effortlessly to complement work and non-work activities.

Not so many years ago people spent considerable time on face-to-face meetings, now face-time, text, tweets, what’s app and sharing information with strangers take priority.

Wearing technology in our clothes, on our bodies and even in our bodies looks like the next wave of digital takeover as we clasp connectivity in all its forms and fashions.

Mobile technology and the internet offer great freedom and allow access to boundless knowledge but also devour vast quantities of personal time and mental space.

Businesses too suffer from email and information overload as employees deal with endless and, often, unnecessary demands on their time and resources.

A changing world

Building a distinct corporate brand is one way for companies to cut through the noise of social media and the distraction of digital drivel.

Given the trend towards less permanent jobs as contract and part-time working grows, it is also beneficial for individuals to develop their own version of a personal brand.

Companies that fail to build strong brands will find it increasingly difficult to attract employees as the population ages and competition for a falling pool of workers intensifies.

Technology too will play a greater role in finding staff as it tracks people’s digital footprints, online behaviour and social media activity.

Machine learning, intelligent algorithms and other clever technological tricks will all play their part in finding and matching people with jobs and, worryingly, in excluding people from jobs.

Older people will change the workplace too as they stay for longer to supplement incomes and trigger the need for organisations to balance the differing requirements of young and old.

Managers, similarly, must be able to manage digitally savvy workers, as greater numbers of staff work from home and other remote locations to reduce commuting time and improve their work-life balance.

Managers too must be mindful of the wellbeing of remote workers as they may suffer from isolation, given their lack of exposure to the daily bustle and hum of office life.

So, technology is changing the nature of work and employers and employees must manage its effect on work-life balance.