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Work/Life Balance

How productive are we?

The United States leads the world in labor productivity. We worked hard at it and it has resulted in incredible productivity and great prosperity for America.

American workers stay longer in the office, at the factory or on the farm than their counterparts in Europe and most other rich nations, and they produce more per person over the year.

In fact average productivity per American worker increased 400% since 1950. This hasn’t come without a cost. The increase in productivity has been a strain on our families our personal well-being and in the end can affect our productivity.

Who pays the price for your success?

Achieving success is one of the most powerful experiences of our life. And unlike most of our endeavors our work goals are clear cut, our efforts are noticed and the rewards obvious. Every day we are stimulated and reinforced by our colleagues as well as encouraged to raise the bar on our own performance.

Look at your calendar. What’s the percent of your time planned and dedicated to your work? Look at your to do list. How many items relate directly or solely to your work life and how often does your home family or self appear on the list?

Other than their birthday or anniversary how have you included your family in your schedule? In the U.S., 85.8 percent of males and 66.5 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week and 70% of American children live in households were all adults are employed. How much time have you left for each other?

How about yourself? Do you save time for your friends(in person not Facebook)? Do you take time to exercise, enjoy your hobbies, or just relax?

It’s not a 50-50 split.

Work/life balance clearly isn’t a 50-50 split of your time. In fact it’s not a time balance at all. Work/ life balance is more about value than time. We become so focused on our careers we lose sight of our own dreams and values. Staying busy and productive during the day distracts us but under the surface we start to feel the stress as we distance ourselves from our family, friends and other interests.
Most people I’ve talked to feel more out of balance due to stress from work than the hours spent at work. 80% of workers feel stress on the job, nearly half say they need help in learning how to manage stress and 42% say their coworkers need such help;

A recent NIOSH report found

  • 40% of workers reported their job was very or extremely stressful;
  • 25% view their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives;
  • 26 percent of workers said they were “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work”;
  • Job stress is more strongly associated with health complaints than financial or family problems.

It’s time to take a proactive step. Don’t wait for burnout, or family issues before taking action. For innovative solutions to finding a great work/life balance e-mail me or visit us at Life Success Seminars.