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Requesting leave from your employer is an exciting time, as normally you have some fun, relaxing or challenging time away from work ahead of you (depending of course on how you like to spend your leisure time!). Depending on the relationships you have with your Manager and/or your employer’s leave policy, this can be daunting to ask as it may not be a sure yes and timing can be everything.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to work from home you may struggle to stay focused sometimes. The home environment is where most of us spend the majority of our leisure time. Therefore, working from home warrants some rules to help you to get the work done in the shortest amount of time without major interference on you or your families personal lives.
I think at different points in our lives, life can get a bit out of control and all of a sudden, you’re working more than 50+ hours per week and no longer pursuing the interests that make you happy. Common reasons for this, is lack of time and energy and unless you dramatically change your working arrangements (as outlined in a previous post) there are a few other suggestions we can make to help you start feeling fulfilled by following your interests again.:
Employers who implement a work life balance program may be unclear whether they are successful or not. Success can be measured in a variety of ways and it is important to determine your success measures early on, preferably pre-implementation, so that you are aware of what you are trying to achieve and monitor how you are going throughout the program.
An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counselling service that is offered to staff members of an organisation. This is a worthwhile initiative to assist with issues that individuals may face in their life where they may require some external assistance. EAPs also remove the financial burden and hassle trying to locate such services for themselves. Here are some common user questions that arise when employees consider accessing their EAP.