Our week consists of 168 hours. How are you spending them?
Insurance adjusters, human resource professionals and adjudicators review and monitors sickness and illness short-term disability claims all day long to mitigate and find the best strategy to create an effective return to work plan.
Understanding your employee’s life at work as well as the outside of work is the key to effective assessment and developing the best solution for an efficient return to work that will be successful and sustaining.
Once employers have all the key information it provides them with options to become or increase their level of being benevolent. For an employee who has been with the company a long time it allows for some creative options in promoting not only good health options but true work life balance solutions.
The key is to work with the professionals as a team who fully understand all of these principles and are a true team player to HR department staff, insurance adjusters across the industry spectrum (auto, life and disability) as well as the WSIB (for Canada) and implementing a safe and timely return to work program.
Time. It’s the essence of our being. Schedules, deadlines and expirations. How you choose to spend your months, weeks, minutes and seconds can be a tumultuous task.
What does your breakdown look like?
Let’s take out the hours we know for sure or use a best guess scenario:
Based on this scenario above you have 10.5 hours still left in your week? How would you spend the remainder of your hours? It seems like a high number but try completing this list and see what your total is. You may find that your goal is over 168 hours.
Mama Deb has created a template for you to use. You can download it here: http://mamadeb.com/downloads/1-week-work-life-balance-schedule-5.
Work|Life|Balance takes patience, practice and constant assessment to achieve what will work for you. It will constantly be changing, however, if you have a plan in place you are setting the foundation.
Each element of Work|Life|Balance can change from week to week.
A perfect example of this is work. Your employer may offer you overtime and/or you have to work on a statutory holiday.
Sleep, yes we would all love to have 8 hours of beautiful, deep sleep but most people are walking around on serious sleep deprivation.
Exercise, it’s a must. You have to move your body every day and get your heart rate up! It is the best modality for stress reduction and helps you sleep!
Social time is very important as it allows you to connect with your friends and just have fun! Laughter is the best medicine and you must find the time to connect as it is and can also be an element of your self-care as well!
Family should and always come first. With hectic, busy schedules and each family member heading in a different direction, embrace the “pre-school” moments and “after-school” time if you have the privilege to do so. With many families who have both parents working full time this makes the dinner hour and evening hours even more special.
There is no schedule or Work|Life|Balance equation that is set in stone or is ‘perfect’. This is a very personal exercise which is why I wanted to provide you with a template to use. Being open to review, assess, analyze and reorganize your time is key here. The goal is to ensure that each element of your life is given time each day. It’s going to take a few days to modify and truly implement a new Work|Life|Balance, however, if you stick with it for 3 weeks, a new habit (schedule) will be completed and now exercised every day!
I’ve also created Mama Deb’s 12 Tips for Work|Life|Balance. You can download the e-book here: http://mamadeb.com/ebooklp
Feel free to print it off and put it beside your computer at work or on the front of your refrigerator at home. I encourage you to share this with others in your life and let’s all get balanced together.