At Maintain, our digital marketing agency, we understand the importance of work-life balance and strive to create an environment that allows our employees to have time with family outside of work, maintain a social life, and prioritize their mental health.
Having a balance between work and personal life is crucial for overall well-being. When one’s work and personal life are out of balance, it can lead to feelings of stress, burnout, and dissatisfaction. In contrast, when work and personal life are in balance, it can lead to increased job satisfaction, better mental and physical health, and stronger relationships with family and friends.
In order to achieve a work-life balance, it is important to set boundaries and prioritize self-care. This may include setting regular work hours, taking breaks throughout the day, and disconnecting from work when not on the clock. It also includes making time for activities and hobbies that bring joy and fulfillment outside of work.
At Maintain, we encourage our employees to take time off when needed, and we have flexible policies that allow employees to adjust their schedules to better align with their personal lives. Maintain’s owners, Jonathan and Elisa Morey, practice work-life balance themselves and expect all their employees to prioritize it as well. We have a culture of work hard, play hard. Prioritizing organization and productivity during the day, and knowing that we put in a good day’s work, allows us to disconnect in the evenings to be fully present in our personal lives.
Here are five work-life balance tips that will start you in the right direction:
- Find a work environment that you enjoy working in. Know what personalities you work well with and which ones you don’t. Finding a balance between work and life also depends on the work relationships you form.
- Set strict work hours. Once you’ve done this, let coworkers and clients know what those hours are so they know when you will be available.
- Take your lunch break every day. We know it’s easy to work through lunch, but taking your 30-minute to one-hour lunch to decompress, eat nutritious food, catch up with friends and family, or run an errand will allow you to come back to work refreshed.
- Take your allocated vacation time. It’s there to use it, so use it!
- Plan at least one activity every week to look forward to outside of work. That could be a workout class, dinner with friends, or a weekend getaway.