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How Work-Life Balance Can Make You a Better Employee

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How Work-Life Balance Can Make You a Better Employee

There is a way somehow, how work-life balance can make you a better employee. More especially, if you feel like a hamster on a wheel at work, and your performance is lacking. That is another sign that it’s time to change gear, and realize how achieving a work-life balance can help you be a better employee.

But before you start trying to split your work and life activities into neat little blocks of time, understand this; “It’s no secret that the key to a successful career and happy personal life is being able to strike a balance between the two,” said Virtual Vocations CEO and co-founder Laura Spawn. […]

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Achieving perfect equality between work and life is a myth. However, and it is far more beneficial to focus on the quality of time you’re spending both personally and professionally — and not so much on the quantity.

When work is all-consuming, it can result in feelings of powerlessness and resentment. Getting back a healthier sense of work-life balance could help to better recharge. This can get back you in touch with the aspects of your job that you loved in the first place.

There’s a time and place for hard work, but always remember that at the end of the day, the best thing you can do is step back and give yourself a chance to reset.

Work-life balance is the key to avoiding burnout. When people sleep well, they have time to handle their lives, families, health and recreation, they are better rested, less anxious and more energetic.

When people have time to experience different things — outside of work and colleagues — they are more creative. Innovating and solving thorny problems requires lateral thinking. The stimuli that comes from reading, exercise, nature and having conversations with non-colleagues enhances that. Our non-work experiences provide more sources of ideas.

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What Is Your Reason for Leaving Your Job?

Giving your reasons for leaving a job helps interviewers determine what satisfaction and engagement at work looks like to you. It can also shed light on what your long-term career plan is and what you want to get out of a new role.

1. More responsibility and better career growth. Wanting to develop your skills can be one. Give examples of the kinds of skills you want to build on and tangible ways you’d like to go about doing it.

2. A career change. A new direction professionally, to find interesting and meaningful work.

3. Company reorganization. It’s helpful to give some examples as to why the new structure isn’t working for you. And what you’ve done to try and improve things and what you’d change. 

4. Better work-life balance. Try and focus on what you’re seeking for in the long term, whether it’s remote work, a four-day work week or flexible hours.

5. Relocation. Explain why you’re making the move.

Avoid launching into a barrage of complaints about your former workplace, colleagues or manager.

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