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Looking for ways to improve your work-life balance?

Published on Saturday, 04 Jun 2016

Striking a balance between work and personal life isn’t easy, but it’s extremely important to most people. According to the “2016 Hays Asia Salary Guide”, work-life balance is the number one reason employees stay with employers in Hong Kong.

Those with a better work-life balance feel more fulfilled and are usually happier. You are more likely to feel in control because they have choices, as opposed to being forced to make sacrifices. They’re also likely to be less stressed and healthier, both mentally and physically.

If you are feeling stressed or overworked, there are a number of changes you can make to improve your work-life balance. Do you manage your workload within normal working hours?  If not, could you achieve the same results with better time management and prioritisation?

There are a number of flexible working options that employers allow that could work for you. One such arrangement is that of “flex-place” working – such as telecommuting – and working from home or other office locations.

Whilst working from home presents obvious benefits and reduces commuting time, it’s not for everyone. There are various jobs where face-to-face interaction, office presence or sensitivity of information means it isn’t an option.

Flexible working hours could be an alternative solution. “Flexi-hours” can allow you to plan your schedule more effectively and avoid peak-hour commuting, resulting in increased productivity and time saved.

Reduced hours, compressed working weeks, part-time work or job sharing are also options for some that have demands outside of work or are more productive with a flexible schedule.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to work-life balance, as each company has their own demands and office policies. Ultimately, however, a flexible approach to working hours can improve work-life balance, so it’s important to talk to your employer about any options available.

This article appeared in the Classified Post print edition as A life less stressed.

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