Definition The amount of time you spend doing your job compared with the amount of time you spend with your family and doing things you enjoy work-life balance (Definition of work-life balance noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)
Work vs. the rest of your life It does not mean an equal balance It will change with time and life events It is unique for every individual It comprises ACHIEVEMENT, ENJOYMENT & ENERGY ENJOYMENT is not limited to happiness – it is also pride, satisfaction, celebration and joy of life Jim Bird: Work-Life Balance.com
Why is it important? Possibly, work is increasing in intensity (hours, technology, customer demands, availability) Possibly, quality of home and community life is decreasing (e.g nuclear families, latchkey kids, urbanisation, impact of technology in the home) Social consequences of the above
Why is it important? Our level of personal satisfaction and wellbeing at work, at home and in life affect our behaviour at work, at home and in our community. Our behaviour has an impact on our work colleagues, family and friends and our community.
Why is it important? Too much energy into work and too little energy into rest, family and leisure has a negative effect on wellbeing which may result in burnout
BURNOUT Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. You feel overwhelmed and unable to meet constant demands. As the stress continues, you begin to lose the interest or motivation that led you to take on a certain role in the first place. Burnout reduces your productivity and saps your energy, leaving you feeling increasingly helpless, hopeless, cynical, and resentful. Eventually, you may feel like you have nothing more to give.
Wellness Wheel – Achievement, Enjoyment & Energy Physical Health – include sleep, energy levels
Spiritual Health (Not necessarily religion) Religion is more to do with rituals and conforms to scripted dogma and system of belief. Spirituality on the other hand is free flowing and is to do with connectedness with one’s inner self to the world and the direction, meaning and purpose of one’s life.
Strategies for achieving balance See Handout from Assure Programs
Keeping balanced 1.Self-awareness (the need to do something) 2.Time management (managing conflicting demands) 3.Goal setting (what needs to change) 4.Problem solving (remove the obstacles) 5.Stress management (managing pressure) 6.Assertiveness and saying ‘no’ (managing others)
Cultural differences between ANZ & HK which may influence work- life balance
Cultural Differences – please discuss The cultural value of being a doctor Employer-employee environment including: Working hours, Remuneration, Provision of maternity leave and ability to work part-time Assertiveness in the workplace Availability of home help Extended family vs nuclear family Attitudes to the elderly Asian medicine and spiritual practices such as Tai Chi, Feng Shui etc