Randstad Canada offers useful tips that will allow you to attain a
balanced separation between work and home.
TORONTO, July 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Traditional ideas of 9-5 office
workers heading home and putting all thoughts of work aside until the
following day no longer apply for many of today's employees. According
to Randstad Canada, the country's leader for staffing, recruitment and
HR Services, in order to achieve work life balance, it's important for workers to set boundaries between their work and
personal lives as the line between work and home continues to blur.
According to Leandra Harris, Executive Vice President of Human Resources
for Randstad Canada, smartphones, Wi-Fi, laptops and other advances in
technology are making it easier and easier to blur the line between
work and home. "The blurring boundary between work and home life is
creating a new office environment that has innumerable benefits to
business, however, in order for employees to avoid burnout and stress,
measures must be taken to achieve a balance between the two so it
remains a benefit, rather than a liability," she says.
Harris outlines the following tips to help you define your work/life
Be clear about your availability. People will respect your boundaries
when you lay them out clearly. Doing this will lessen interruptions
from family and friends and will also help you focus on getting things
done within the timeframe you create for yourself.
Create routines that will help you transition to and from your work day.
Develop a routine that marks the beginning of your work day and another
that marks its end. It could be as simple as a work out, or eating
breakfast before getting to work and then a leisurely walk or listening
to your favourite song on your way home. Do whatever works for you.
Set up "no work" times. Set aside a time and space where you will not do
work. For example, take a day, or a few hours, each week to rejuvenate
and reconnect with the people and things that are most important to
Harris says that when you give your personal and leisure time 100% of
your attention; it recharges you and allows you to give 100% to your
work when you return to it. "Realistically, most people need a break
from their work. Even the most dedicated worker needs a life outside of
work, no matter how much they enjoy it," she says.
Your own happiness and success can be directly affected by the
boundaries that you establish to keep your home life separate from your
work environment, says Harris. "Don't consider the act of boundary
setting to be a selfish one," she says. "There's nothing wrong with
defining the environment that will allow you perform to your very
About Randstad Canada: Randstad Canada is the Canadian leader for staffing, recruitment and HR
Services. As the only fully integrated staffing company in the country,
we understand the recruitment needs and demands of employers and job
seekers across all levels and industries. Through our insightful
knowledge of local markets, employment trends and global network of
recruitment experts, we are shaping the Canadian world of work. Visit randstad.ca
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