To start, let’s ask ourselves, what is work-life balance?
Work-life balance refers to the growing cognizance that people require a fine balance between the needs of work and those of the rest of their lives.
One of the difficulties of addressing work life balance problems is that there is no ‘one measurement suits all’ solution. Rather, what is balance for one person may not be the same for another, and additionally an individual’s wants in relation to balance are incredibly likely to change over time.
Work life balance is consequently about adopting work arrangements so that each of us can find a stability that enables us more easily to combine work with their other goals and responsibilities.
The goal of work-life balance is to provide a vast array of choices so that we can have the freedom to pick out what works for us within the constraints of business.
Organizational change — including technological change, globalization, the trend towards mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances and the tendency towards organizational restructuring and downsizing — has put added pressure on employees both in terms of adjusting to the change itself and coping with its resulting effects.
All of these changes have increased the urgency for organizations to recognize their employees as people with responsibilities that require time and energy outside of work.
Prioritizing work life balance makes good business sense because it is essential to effective recruitment and retention and it also improves staff motivation and commitment. It often improves productivity and reduces stress and absenteeism which in turn further improves employee health and wellbeing.
Why Happiness is the Mantra for an individual?
We can’t have control over changes that are beyond our control, but we can learn from Happy Melly how to be happier at home or at work.
Before we get into how happiness can help better maintain work life balance, let’s have a quick look at these points:
- How often have we said, “I just want to be happy”?
- How often have we said to someone else, “I just want you to be happy”?
- Have we ever stopped to consider exactly what happiness means? What, exactly, is this happiness we are wishing for?
These questions matter because it’s hard for our wishes for happiness to come true if we aren’t clear about exactly what happiness is.
What is not happiness?
Many people believe that happiness is having fun at a party, the excitement of new experiences, the thrill and passion of sex, or the delights of a fine meal. These are all wonderful experiences to be cherished and cultivated but they are not happiness. These experiences are the definition of pleasure. They are experiences to have and let pass. So, if happiness is not the same thing as pleasure, then what is happiness?
‘Happiness is when our life fulfills our needs.’
In other words, happiness comes when we feel satisfied and fulfilled. Happiness is a feeling of satisfaction that life is just as it should be. Perfect happiness, enlightenment, comes when we have all of our needs satisfied.
I am an agile coach by profession, where happiness and culture are major ingredients. Happiness at work or at home is a win-win situation. Happy, engaged people are healthier, more productive; they have more ideas, are more likely to contribute over and above the responsibilities of their job and perform to the best of their ability.
If your team or family is happy, you and others around them are more likely to be happy too.
To help organizations around the world focus on the happiness of their workforce, and as part of the Worker Happiness module, Jurgen created the 12 steps to Happiness.
Your happiness challenge
When do you think you have achieved work life balance? When have you discovered that sort of happiness where you feel happy in both your day job and your life? Add your stories in the comments below or, if you are a Happy Melly member already, you can join the full conversation in our #family Slack channel! Happy Melly members and happy parents and agile coaches Durgesh and Sarah are creating an eBook where we can all share the stories of how folks have learned how to find joy and peace in balancing or even integrating work and life.