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Worklife Crafting Because Worklife Cannot Be Balanced

Work-Life Daily_ WORKLIFE CRAFTING BECAUSE WORKLIFE CANNOT BE BALANCED

Once in a while, I get called to make contributions to LinkedIn conversations around work-life balance. And there was this LinkedIn post that goes like this, “I don’t believe in work-life balance. The word, balance, seems binary and implies taking from one in favor of another. I think of life as a puzzle. Time is limited, so I carefully choose the most important pieces to craft the kind of life I want to live, and everything else stays on the table.” Guess what jumped at me, worklife crafting!

“You have the option of carefully choosing the most important pieces to craft the kind of life you want to live.”

The post was by Irina Gerry. But it is what Ariel wrote that touched me further. It practically summed up for me, what it means to be doing worklife crafting because work-life cannot be balanced.

The Most Important Pieces To Craft

“I love the way you think Irina Gerry“, Ariel started. “For a while now, I’ve felt the term “work-life balance” is outdated because it implies that there is a standard that applies equally to everyone. Before I had kids, I was shamed for investing so much time in passionately pursuing and giving everything to a career I loved. But I felt balanced, because I was inspired, and motivated by a sense of purpose,” she said.

“Years later,” she continued, “I realized that pace was weighing on me and I needed to reassess my priorities for the season I was in and pivot. I refocused my time on being a better leader and building a legacy I could be proud of. Once I had kids, I realized I couldn’t do it all. And that I needed to make tough choices about how I invested my time. I said no more. I set boundaries. My friendships changed.”

At this point, I could feel the pain, re-echoed so quite often. The echo and tough choices that women always have to make.

Ariel thereafter took a six-month break to just BE with her newborn and she also volunteered at her church. Along the way, she learned that work-life balance is not as simple to achieve as the term may suggest. She concluded that “ultimately, achieving true “balance” was up to me to own.”

Hopefully, someone will learn from her through this post. Ariel did not hide the pain she went through during the journey. “It’s hard,” she said, “and I’m still figuring it out.” And for the rainbow after the thunderous heavy downpour, she concludes that she, “love the mindset of carefully choosing the most important pieces to craft the kind of life you want to live.”

The Hardest Is Deciding What Not To Be Involved In

Sunny also so much love the shared perspective. For her, she has learned that having the courage to say “no” to things and deciding what not to be involved in or spend time on has been the hardest. “There is a feeling of being judged or not feeling like you’re doing enough. But, at the end of the day, I’m learning to focus on the things that truly matter to me and my family, and how we can all help contribute to a better society,” she wrote.

“So dear friends, find the elements of your own worklife puzzle, and fix the jigsaw.”

Whatever we want to do, it is up to us as individuals to act. But not to go on naive, we need to know that there is going to be pain and joy to face. For example, some have chosen not to have children because they are afraid, not knowing how to reconcile parenting with professional life. This possibly is not a fantastic choice for some others, since “family” is a great part of life for them.

We all, therefore, have a great challenge, as those charting the narrative of this generation, to find a way to reconcile all the pieces of the puzzle in our lives. So that despite the odds loaded up so high against us, we can still ensure we have a prosperous and healthy life.

Find Your Own Life Puzzle

So dear friends, find the elements of your own worklife puzzle, and fix the jigsaw. Time is a very unique resource. It is the one and the only resource that is divided equally between rich and poor, young and old. And we are all given enough for each person’s worklife crafting to be done. So, from now on, your whole life living, the rest of your worklife puzzle is up to you!

I carefully choose the most important pieces to craft the kind of life I want to live, and everything else stays on the table.

Priority is key. Be thoughtful about what matters most, and be ruthless about everything else. You do not need to make trade-offs. But you have to make choices. And after you have made your choices, live in peace with them until the time comes to make new choices. Happy worklife crafting!


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Sadah Store Injects Fun Into People’s Lives

SADAH STORE INJECTS FUN INTO PEOPLE'S LIVES

Arab-focused pop and contemporary art gifts are a growing trend in the Arab world, especially in Saudi Arabia. Many new brands have emerged in recent years. However, surviving competition is not always easy. The Saudi startup, Sadah is an online gift store. It grabbed the attention of a wide range of customers in the Kingdom in its first year of business.

Founded in August 2019, Sadah offers a variety of products with unique cheery designs, that are inspired by contemporary Arab music and culture.

Sadah means something of a plain color or patternless shape or print. This is the opposite of what we offer at our store. But that is exactly what I liked, because it always brings questions from followers,” Sadah founder Nasser
Al-Jazwa told Arab News.

How It All Started

Al-Jazwa, 22, is a graphic designer who previously worked on projects and products for different companies. But he was not happy that the product outputs did not match his vision for what he wants to do. He decided to put an end to working for others and created his own product line, Sadah.

He started his online store from his house in Al-Qassim. But soon found himself in need of an office and employees. This he soon acquired.

Sadah now has over 30,000 followers on Instagram. It ships its products to Gulf Cooperation Council countries and is expanding to an international market. According to customer reviews, Sadah has a reputation for distinguished designs
and attention to the tiniest details. “What makes us different is that most of our products are uniquely designed by
us. And they beautifully represent an Arab and Khaliji flavor,” said Al-Jazwa.

He believes that products can be manufactured anywhere. And that the most important part of introducing a product to a community is making sure that it relates to their culture.

He said: “The product that carries your thoughts, ideas, and culture is closer to you. And you can easily relate to it, regardless of where it came from. For example, no one would appreciate our oud instrument pin, which is made in China. Except those who appreciate what the product is representing.”

Sadah’s Products Are Designed to Inject Fun Into People’s Lives

Sadah’s products are designed to inject fun into people’s lives through a variety of socks, stickers, pins, mugs, pillows, cards, and more. The store targets young adults and teenagers by investing in their memories as well as modern trends. Some designs are inspired by songs, TV series, movies, as well as memes, And others by sweets and candies from past and present.

“Our biggest goal is to please our beloved customers, who we call ‘Sadah friends.’ Therefore we want to expand our reach, and diversify and increase our products further,” Al-Jazwa said.

However, he added that the current business climate caused by the coronavirus pandemic is posing challenges for newer startups like Sadah. “We are finding it difficult with logistics even as manufacturing and shipping prices are also increasing. However, the positive side of the crisis is that demand has suddenly become higher. More people are shopping online, but the current issues are slowing down the work,” he said.

Like any commercial enterprise, Sadah evaluates its success through sales numbers. However, Al-Jazwa noted that “producing distinctive products is a success in itself.” He added: “Though I am the founder, everyone who encouraged me to start the idea and those who supported me are contributors to its success.”

All Sadah products can be found on http://www.sadahthings.com. You can find the original version of this article at Arab News.

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When The World Sink, Will You Escape Up, Down Or Get Vaccinated?

WHEN THE WORLD SINK, WILL YOU ESCAPE UP, DOWN OR GET VACCINATED

When the world sink into a rage and go down into nuclear wars. That is, before the survivors start to eat the dead, and the warriors no longer have a commander. Will you escape up, down or get vaccinated?

At a time when a little unseen virus hunts down mankind; and panic strikes every heart. When Kings and Nobles respects themselves, maintaining simple protocol you order a child around to do. Wash your hands before you eat. Don’t swipe your mouth and face with your dirty fingers after playing all day out side.

Just when countries are competing to announce the immediate deployment of vaccines against COVID-19. Notwithstanding the death toll, there is the usual self defeating race of champions over corpses.

“Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine judged safe for use in UK from next week,” the BBC announces. “The scientists have done it,” says Boris Johnson as he hails vaccine approval. Britain therefore became the first Western country to allow mass inoculations against the coronavirus, granting emergency approval to Pfizer’s vaccine.

The Economic Times headline screams, “Putin asks his govt to start mass COVID-19 vaccinations in Russia next week.”

And when you think the “world policeman” will let this moment pass by without a show of presence, the New York Times reported that the US Center for Disease Control (C.D.C.) has recommended that nursing homes and health workers should get the vaccines first. That is coming few days after drugmaker Moderna said it is seeking emergency authorization in the United States and Europe to distribute its coronavirus vaccine. According to VOANews, the latest tests results showed it is 94% effective.

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SpaceX’s CEO Elon Musk says humans will land on Mars in four to six years.

“Perhaps a Nobel peace prize is a single ‘vaccine’ shot to address world conflicts. But it is definitely not enough. Multiple shots are required. Especially since the world problems mutate like a coronavirus.”

Robert Vicino’s Vivos And The Journey To Super-safe Underground Bunkers

You should have heard of the existence of underground cities. And interconnecting tunnels like underground train links, that takes the powerful to safety far away from calamity. And if your neighbor doesn’t have a backyard bunker, you must have heard of at least a president or military personnel that have taken refuge in one. But Robert Vicino is preparing a city of bunkers so that some people can survive a nuclear rage to rebuild the world, perhaps a year after the wars.

Hooray! Now We Can Focus On Other Problems

Now that we have found vaccines to deal with the world’s current and most troubling problem, the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps we should not fear that the world may sink again.

Practically, the whole world went into a lock down. And global effort went into finding a solution in earnest. Therefore, just as fast and focused as the world have fought against this pandemic, in the same way, a vaccination (sorry, solution) should be found against climate change; then malaria, world hunger, inequalities, conflicts and wars. Perhaps a Nobel peace prize is a single ‘vaccine’ shot to address world conflicts. But it is definitely not enough. Multiple shots are required. Especially since the world problems mutate like a coronavirus.

But what of the logistics challenge in delivering such potent solution to the worlds myriad of problems? And the enormous cost that poor nations will have to bear. Who will get the first shots – and enjoy peace, good health and begin to overcome aging?

COVID-19 Vaccines, Conflicts And The Great Reset

Sorry, breaking news. War just broke out in the Strait of Hormuz. Special ships carrying vaccines through one of the world’s most important shipping routes have been attacked. It is suspected that the ships are not carrying vaccines but suspicious cargoes meant to be used to destabilize the region. This is a drill. I repeat. This is a drill!

But just then, Elon Musk’s SpaceX blast off to Mars, carrying a few privileged aristocrats.

Robert Vicino’s Vivos company was having a hard time pushing back the wealthy who are flashing their Black American Express card. “Any amount in gold bars, cryptocurrency or raw cash, just to have a safe passage while the world sink,” they plead. Yes, even when the world burns daily, while the poor go to bed hungry, and the middle class work their life out, the few privileged ones are in the world’s safe cocoons. Secure and profiting from the worlds stress and daily calamities. Whaoh, what a great bet, the stock exchange just had a bull run. Wine filled glass cups clings, cheers.

Life and all it’s confusion, trappings and allure! Worklife, and it’s dangerous offerings, surreptitiously used to hold workers captive, with the goodies of work, all of their life. Work-Life balance, a legitimate desire, a pursuit in hope! It is time to reset and find, or possibly rediscover the purpose of this journey of life.

Thanks McKinsey, before the world sink, there is a COVID-19 and the great reset! Thanks.

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Joe Biden Work-Life Balance Memo To His Staff

Joe Biden work-life balance memo to his staff

There is a Joe Biden work-life balance memo that is trending on twitter. It is a note that he sent out to his staffers in 2014 before Thanksgiving.

What is interesting about this memo? It is the show of care. The desire that those who work with him then should have a work-life that balance family commitment with work demands.

Dan Barker shared the memo on Twitter, and he urged that it be read in full. Adding that the politician’s personal losses may have pushed him into writing the note to his staffers. Mr Biden’s son Beau, died from cancer. Likewise, his first wife Neilia and infant daughter Naomi sadly passed away in a car crash in 1972.

Go through the content of the memo below.

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“To My Wonderful Staff,” the letter begins.

“I would like to take a moment and make something clear to everyone. I do not expect nor do I want any of you to miss or sacrifice important family obligations for work.

Family obligations include but are not limited to family birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, any religious ceremonies such as first communions and bar mitzvahs, graduations, and times of need such as illness or a loss in the family.

This is very important to me. In fact, I will go so far as to say that if I find out that you are working with me while missing important family responsibilities, it will disappoint me greatly.

This has been an unwritten rule since my days in the Senate.

Thank you all for the hard work.”

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Joe Biden Work-Life Balance Life Lessons

The mirror shared some responses on twitter to the memo. The Joe Biden work-life balance memo to his staff should be another wake up call to bosses who still see the relationship between work and life differently. It is more important to those leaders who believe that the only relationship they can or should have with their staffers, is how to meet the bottom line. Or how they can ‘use’ people to achieve their personal ambition.

No! There is a better way.

As Alex Bostanian wrote in the entrepreneur magazine, “life is similar to walking on a tightrope, where we have to skillfully balance our career and personal life to reach our goal successfully.”

He continues, “our work-life and our personal life are two very important pillars. While work allows us to earn a living to fulfill our essential needs, our personal life brings us peace, happiness, and intangible fulfillment. Work is an essential part of our daily lives. Concurrently, we must always remember to reserve time for ourselves, our family, and our friends. Our personal development and personal relationships are just as necessary as our career growth.”

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Elusive Work-Life Balance In Bangkok; Ranked 43rd Out Of 50

Work-life balance elusive

Bangkok ranked 43rd out of 50 major cities worldwide for qualities that make working and living easier. People in Bangkok struggle to achieve a work-life balance. The city is ranked 43rd out of 50 major cities worldwide for qualities that make working and living easier. This is according to Kisi, a US-based security specialist. But you may be wondering, how elusive is work-life balance in Bangkok?

The results are based on an analysis of 19 factors grouped under three broader themes — work intensity, society and institutions, and urban livability. These are themes that the researchers believe, affects working life overall. And therefore, based on those criteria, top nine European cities emerged from the 2020 survey. The nine cities were led by Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen in that order. Calgary in Canada rounded out the top 10.

The top-ranked city in Asia was Singapore. It holds the 41st position, with a total score of 64.7. Note that Oslo was assigned a score of 100. Bangkok that scored 59.6 still finished ahead of Hong Kong (45th), Kuala Lumpur (47th) and Seoul (50th).

According to Kisi, the “Best Cities for Work-Life Balance 2020” report assesses “a city’s adoption of smarter working policies.” It also assesses “cities capacity to simultaneously equip residents with the ability to enjoy their leisure time.” This year’s study also took into account how Covid-19 has changed and continues to affect work-life balance.

Understanding Kisi’s Best Cities for Work-Life Balance

“This index is not designed to be a city livability index, nor is it intended to highlight the best cities to work in. Instead, it is an indicator of a city’s ability to provide a healthy work-life balance for its residents. While also providing opportunities to relieve work-related stress,” the company said.

Kisi chose the 50 cities for the survey based on their reputation for attracting professionals and families for their work opportunities and diverse lifestyle offerings. It then gathered and analysed publicly available data on the many factors that affect working life.

Kisi’s Survey – Work Intensity Factors

Work intensity factors included the amount of time a person dedicates to their job. This includes the total working hours, commuting and vacation days taken. Also analysed were unemployment figures. This takes into account the impact of the pandemic, as well as the percentage of people who have had to take up multiple jobs in order to get by as a result.

Kisi’s Survey – Social Factors

Analysis of social factors focused on the extent to which residents receive equal treatment. These are for services such as; access to state-funded health and welfare programmes, as well as institutional support for equality and social inclusivity.

Kisi’s Survey – City Livability Factors

City livability was evaluated based on affordability as well as citizens’ overall happiness, safety and access to wellness and leisure venues.

The two final factors added this year related to Covid-19: overall economic impact and projected percentage change in employment.

Bangkok’s Weak Areas Based on Survey Factors

Work intensity factors that pulled down Bangkok’s ranking included hours worked plus commuting time. Bangkok average 50.7 hours per week on hours worked plus commuting time. It has percentage of the workforce considered overworked at 20.2%; and vacation days taken at just 10 per year.

Bangkok’s ranking was low on city livability factors. Affected areas included a low affordability score of just 38.3 compared with scores of 80 or more for the top 10 cities, and 27.9 for air quality.

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Source: Bangkok Post

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Working Dads Battles And The Burden To Provide

WORKING DADS BATTLES AND THE BURDEN TO PROVIDE_Worklife

Working dads would always feel they have more battles to contend with than working moms. The narrative that gender pay imbalance makes the working mum – who earns less – to more likely drop off work because the man earns more may be true. But that is not the whole story.

Given an option, a man will love to relax at home and not go to work. Hanging out and having fun with the boys will be like play-watching a professional league game. Working dads wants to do some other fun stuffs too – not just go to work and earn a living for the family. But that should not include any – or a lot of – home or child care responsibilities. This type of man or working dads is real and do exist, but rarely the conventional real man. And such men will form a very minute percentage of men. Now don’t roll those eyes looking down at your man or your self – if you are a man reading this.

Just as a woman or working moms have that natural tendency to take care of the home and the children, so do real men. But real men and working dads go into battles too. They have moments of low self esteem and doubt over their manliness, especially if they cannot provide for their family.

Working Dads Battles And Working Moms Love

Just when the post, working moms battles and the mental health toll was off to press, LinkedIn was prompting me to review a post by Andrew. Andrew’s post, why you feel the burden to provide is about a dad who is “celebrating” a milestone. Guess what it is. He was having the last of four kids turn 18! He was glad that he would no longer be the “parent” of any children, since they are now all adults.

Andrew got my attention when he wrote, “I think it was because of the incredible pressure I used to feel to provide for the family, whilst doing work that frankly had little meaning for me. I wasn’t sure I would be able to keep it up. To hang on until this milestone date in the future. Of course as parents, we never stop loving and caring for our kids. But I honestly wondered if I would be able to make it through all those commutes and meetings where I didn’t want to be.”

Speaking on behalf of real men, I will say, that statement by Andrew just feel so normal for many working dads. I then remembered some honest quotes about fatherhood from Ben Affleck. It added spice to my thought on this. Ben said, “Fatherhood has made me more sensitive and probably more caring, in a way. I always thought I was a caring guy, but it has made me feel things more acutely.”

When The Battles Without Shifts To The Battles Within

Usually, almost like normal, couples take on each other, tear each other apart and fight like the enemy is within. At that point, we all wonder, where was the first love? Mr. Pay Slip and Mrs. Professional Career that took back seats when love was in the air are the new bosses. Dictating what decision is right to take. What feelings to have.

It is not a crime to suspend judgement on what could possible go wrong in a relationship when that first love crush hit. When there are light sparkles in the air, colorful stars in the sky and live bands music playing just for two.

Recently, through the building relationships podcast, I was listening to Dr. Gary Chapman answer some questions on radio. I was reminded that the initial ‘crazy love feeling’ only last a while. We all need to keep working on our relationships for it to keep the shine.

Now, I don’t want to get off track and start to talk about Dr. Chapman’s Five Love Languages. But remember this, Work-Family balance was already tough enough. Then the pandemic hit.

Don’t Crash Your Ride, There Is Help Hanging Out With Good ‘Real’ Men

Real man, do you feel burdened and insufficient providing for your family? And we are not just talking about the financials. But also about the emotional needs of everyone in the family, including your spouse. You can be feeling discouraged and less appreciated, especially by everyone who should be cheering you on. Though you are doing your best grinding at a work that seems not to have any meaning for you?

Are you wondering if men can have work-life or work-family balance? You may want to check out the Good Men Project. And get involve in the type of men’s conversations that no one else is having.

Working dads mental health is also very important during this period. Seek professional counselling to get some good advise to ride this storm. And, if you are feeling just a little like a boy again, here are 10 habits that you need to watch and take care of, they can change boys into men.

Now, don’t crash your ride. In the heat of working dads battles, do not place the “punches” on the working mom, your spouse. You are both scripting the greatest love story, your stories, a personal story. It is your story, whatever you want to write.

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Hyatt Work From Hotel Sweetens Work From Home

Hyatt Launched Work From Hotel Package

When I started reading about Hyatt work from hotel package from rustourismnews, I knew it is a going to be a great work from anywhere deal. Guided by its purpose of care and commitment to listening to guests and members, Hyatt recently launched the Work from Hotel extended-stay package. This is Work From Hyatt that gives families, couples and individuals a seamless, much-deserved change of scenery.

Following the strong interest in the initial launch of the package, Hyatt has announced it’s expansion. Travelers can choose from nearly 90 hotels across North America and the Caribbean with the Work From Hyatt package.

With millions of people still working and learning remotely, the Work from Hotel package encourages work-life and school-life balance. And this is from the comforts of a premium resort experience. Guests may check email poolside, and take a lunch break on the beach. And boy, you can enjoy a swim in the pool after school or sneak a massage after a big meeting.

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Why A Work-Life Balance Scoreboard?

According to a Harvard Business School survey, 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week. And nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week.

“… when the assumption that everyone needs to be always available was collectively challenged. Not only could individuals take time off, but their work actually benefited.”

The EU Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on Work-Life Balance (WLB). The EU WLB scoreboard cuts across three broad areas {paid work, unpaid work (care) and education and training}. These is presented with 15 indicators in six specific areas of concern.

20 Highest Rated Companies For Work-Life Balance During COVID-19

Burning out? Check Out 20 Highest Rated Companies For Work-Life Balance During COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, the concept of having a work-life balance has increasingly become more difficult to achieve. Many employees have been experiencing long hours of work to meet deadlines and keep businesses afloat. This alters employee morale, wellness, and motivation, which unfortunately leads to burnout. Now, you can have a pick from the 20 highest rated companies for work-life balance during COVID-19.

Although the concept of work-life balance varies across companies, Glassdoor Sr. Economic Research Analyst Amanda Stansell was able to look at Glassdoor reviews from the past six months. This was used to reveal which employers prioritize their employees’ well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The research found the monthly percentage of employee reviews in July 2020 on Glassdoor discussing mental health and similar topics rose 42 percent compared to six months earlier.

Prioritizing mental health and wellness within the workplace is now more important than ever. Not only to employers, but also for employees suffering from chronic workplace stress.

Additionally, Stansell and the team analyzed millions of employee reviews on Glassdoor to identify the top 20 companies for work-life balance in the U.S. This is as COVID-19 heightened the stress and turmoil people across the world face in and out of work.

Are you looking for an employer that cares for your mental health and prioritizes wellness? Check out the 20 Highest Rated Companies for Work-life Balance During COVID-19!

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Why A Work-Life Balance Scoreboard?

According to a Harvard Business School survey, 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week.

“… when the assumption that everyone needs to be always available was collectively challenged, not only could individuals take time off, but their work actually benefited.”

The EU Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on Work-Life Balance (WLB). The EU WLB scoreboard cuts across three broad areas {paid work, unpaid work (care) and education and training}. These is presented with 15 indicators in six specific areas of concern.

Get hired by the 10 companies with best work-life balance

GET HIRED BY THE 10 COMPANIES WITH BEST WORK-LIFE BALANCE

With layoffs and job losses happening every now and then, securing a current job is top priority for many. But once the inevitable happens, and savings start to dwindle, things change quickly. Desperation can set in, priority flips and desires can change. The goal simple becomes how to get hired by another company as soon as possible. This is to either avoid a career break, or just to keep putting food on the table.

However for someone who is looking at changing from one job to another, the considerations and desperations can be different. Among other things, there can be a better scrutiny of the work-life balance offerings by different companies.

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Once desperation sets in, getting hired immediately becomes the most important huddle worth crossing.

According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, such individuals will soon realize that work, and secured pay are not by themselves, the ultimate.

How much do you value getting a job and the balance that the work offers?

If you’re averse to burn-out and a healthy work-life balance is paramount to your success at work, then check out Comparably.com’s list. The list has the highest rated US companies when it comes to Work-Life Balance in 2020.

Comparably.com created the list after asking a variety of questions regarding paid time off, sick days, and overtime compensation. On average 83% of employees working in the listed companies were satisfied with their company’s approach to work-life balance. This ensured that their team does not suffer the complications that arise from on-site burnout.

The company stated that they have not enlisted employees anonymous reviews on Glassdoor to back up the aforementioned list or statistics.

Now, do you want to get hired by any of these companies? That is, if any of them provides a culture in which you believe you can thrive. Why not check out the ladders or the companies websites?

The 10 companies with the best work-life balance as listed by Comparably.com are as follows; CVS Health, Imprivata, Frontier Communications, Walmart, and TaxJar. The others are, Target, Smartsheet, Whole Foods Market, ePlus Inc, and Drfit.

Few highlights of the 10 companies with the best work-life balance

The qualities exhibited by these companies can be developed and deployed by any other company. The most difficult is having very happy team members who can openly and positively rate your organization.

To improve things in your place, start by reviewing your remote work offers, shifts system and your organization’s response to employees emergencies. Make them flexible, easy and responsive to employees personal emergencies. Also assess your response towards folks dealing with fallout related to COVID-19. From there, develop a checklist of actions to improve your performance in those areas.

Another common characteristics of the 10 companies is their work environment. Employees want to work in an environment that is relaxed, friendly and uplifting. Not a place with over demanding work, or working with a boss who breaks the spirit.

Every employee desires an organization that utilizes their experience, and exposes them to new things.

A supportive leadership crowns it all. Good leaders develops strong organizations, they do not micromanage, they communicate well, and set the direction for a good company culture.

Thank you to the teams and companies for making sure employees mental health, their families, and customers are taken care of.

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Why A Work-Life Balance Scoreboard?

According to a Harvard Business School survey, 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week.

“… when the assumption that everyone needs to be always available was collectively challenged, not only could individuals take time off, but their work actually benefited.”

The EU Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on Work-Life Balance (WLB). The EU WLB scoreboard cuts across three broad areas {paid work, unpaid work (care) and education and training}. These is presented with 15 indicators in six specific areas of concern.

New Worklife Balance Ideas For Making ‘Work’ Work

Work-life Balance_New worklife balance ideas for making 'work' work.

These new worklife balance ideas have been compiled as a guide. The guide profiles promising and innovative practices from 297 employers that are creating effective and flexible workplaces to make work “work” better for both the bottom line and for employees. The theme: New worklife balance ideas for making ‘work’ work.

All the employers profiled are recipients of the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility.

The Sloan Awards are part of When Work Works, a US nationwide initiative to bring research on workplace effectiveness and flexibility into community and business practice.

The 2014 Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work is a product of the When Work Works project. It is published and distributed jointly by Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management.

What Is An Effective Workplace And Why Is It important?

The concept of flexible workplaces continues to grow as a solutions-based strategy to address the changing nature of work and the increased pressure and demands of the global market. The speed of adoption of flexible workplace practices between 2014 and 2019 is far less compared to what has been achieved in 2020, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business leaders are strategizing on hybrid flexible workplace options. Governments are pleading for offices to open and for workers to return back to the offices. A plea to roll back flexible workplace practices as city centers ‘risk’ becoming ghost towns.

The drive for flexible workplace before year 2020 was the desire to create effective work environments. These are workplaces that are conducive to increased productivity, innovation, creativity and engagement. Not the all time blast of working from home or working from anywhere that COVID has engineered.

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Families and Work Institute (FWI) have also found that the effort to create an “Effective Workplace” no longer means simply offering flexible arrangements – although that is one component. As businesses return back to the offices or practice a hybrid of working some days at the office and some at home, they still have to ensure effective ‘workplaces.’

Criteria Of Effective Workplaces

Businesses look at six different elements in their pursuit of an effective workplace and one that offers employees work-life balance. These six criteria of Effective Workplaces include both work and non-work factors that impacts employee work-life balance, wellness and mental wellbeing. All of them benefits both the employee and the employer.

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Why A Work-Life Balance Scoreboard?

According to a Harvard Business School survey, 94% of working professionals reported working more than 50 hours per week and nearly half said they worked more than 65 hours per week.

“… when the assumption that everyone needs to be always available was collectively challenged, not only could individuals take time off, but their work actually benefited.”

The EU Gender Equality Index 2019 focuses on Work-Life Balance (WLB). The EU WLB scoreboard cuts across three broad areas {paid work, unpaid work (care) and education and training}. These is presented with 15 indicators in six specific areas of concern.

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