One doesn’t have to look far to find someone in their life whose work-life balance is, putting it nicely, far out of proportion – usually with the “life” area suffering from lack of attention. I must admit that I have struggled with this all of my life. My natural tendency has always been to put work at the top of my “todo” list (…that is IF I even bothered to make a list!). In my earlier years there was no question about where my priority was – work, work, work – and coming in a distant forth and beyond everything else.
Fortunately now, for those around me, I have a far better balance between my work and “the rest of my life”. The resulting change in my well-being has been significant – but there were many lessons I needed to learn before reaching some semblence of balance. (Like the trauma of a failed business and a stressed marriage to start with).
There is a high cost associated with Work-Life Imbalance – both to employee AND employer. For an individual such as an independent software developer – it can be huge! I have never seen any indications that burn-out, health issues or relational problems has ever helped boost productivity! Regardless of ones occupational position, the maintenance of work-life balance is critical for employers to recognize and encourage.
It’s NOT easy to achieve however!