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Life-Work Balance

Life - Work Balance

If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you and you may just not like their idea of balance
— Nigel Marsh

A comprehensive study of women in corporate America by McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.org done 2015 revealed that more companies are offering flexibility programs, however more than 90% of both women and men believe taking extended leave will hurt their position at work.

Although companies are offering employees with more flexibility, it is still not the norm for employees to be comfortable taking advantage in order to balance their work and personal life. It is becoming imperative to set and enforce boundaries between careers and personal life. In particular for women as they are more likely than men to say that they make sacrifices in their career. Asking for help, learning to say no, and self-care are a few things that can be done to set and enforce a balance between work and personal life.

Caring for yourself has to be the most important part when balancing your work and personal life, you cannot take care of anyone else nor be your best self when you are not healthy to do so. Taking care of yourself can be as simple as spending one hour a week doing something you enjoy without the pressure to please someone else.




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