Happy Monday and happy Labor Day! On this day we celebrate workers and the labor force’s achievements with parades, picnics, and parties! I hope you all enjoy this day off because it is very well deserved after this past year turned work upside down.
A majority of people have been working from home since the pandemic hit. This has been a difficult transition for everyone: figuring out how to ignore the distractions of working from home, miscommunications, being in a different time zone than teammates, loneliness, mental and physical health, the list goes on. It did have a couple of perks, like no morning traffic, but it was a very stressful time across the globe for all. As some work has returned to the office, this can also be a difficult transition. The concept of work-life balance becomes SO important.
Why is having a work-life balance important? Having a balanced schedule helps reduce stress and prevent burnout in the workplace. On the flip side, employers can save money and maintain a healthier and more productive workforce so it is a win-win! Here are some tips to improve your work-life balance as you enter the office again.
- Have set work hours and stick to them. This is so important. With your computer just one foot away, it can be easy to extend the workday. Turn off your computer and save some time after work so you can enjoy personal time. This can help with problem-solving as well!
- Make your workspace work for you. Adding your own personal touch to your workspace as well as having comfortable furniture and support can go a long way.
- Exercise! Make exercise a priority. Stressed at work? Need to get outside? Squeezing in some exercise during the day can help release some much-needed endorphins.
- Do what you love. Take time to do something that you love – other than work – throughout the day. Creating little habits and finding time for your hobbies will make you not only happy but can help your success at work by thinking outside the box.
- Make time for friends. Working can get lonely. Schedule time for friends whether it is as simple as grabbing coffee or a quick call to say hello. The pandemic has definitely taught me that it is important to check in on those that you love.
I hope this helps as people begin to return to the office and I return to the classroom. This change will be difficult for many people so continue to check in on your friends and employees. Enjoy this Labor Day and if you’re searching for a new position, check out our open jobs list!