Experts chart path to achieving work-life balance, healthy home
Having a healthy work life balance and a better home front for women have to do with the responsibility of both the organisation and the individual, experts have said.
They submitted that if a good work life balance is achieved, there would be increased productivity level, company’s profit would be high, there would be high staff morale, higher employees’ retention rate and employees will reduce sick leaves.
The Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, BusinessDay Media Limited, Frank Aigbogun, stated this at the 2018 annual seminar/career talk by the Association of Professional Bankers of Nigeria (APWB) in Lagos, with a theme, ‘Managing the home front and work balance: A leeway to securing the future’.He defined work life balance as the harmonious blending of the professional and non-professional aspect of life that result in higher professional productivity, better health and more sustainable living habits.
Aigbogun, who stressed on research that showed that work life has been difficult in the last five years, explained that 41 per cent of managers who are parents said they have seen more of an increase in hours in the last five years than 37 per cent managers who are not parents.
Stating that a poor work life balance for individuals will lead to health challenges, reduced effectiveness, low self-esteem and constant dissatisfaction, the publisher noted that there would be more consequences when one fail to create a proper work life balance between organisation and individual.He advised that while a workplace should be able to create flexibility for good work life balance, “never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. Whatever living you are making, you make a life, check yourselves, check your health,” Aigbogun said.
Similarly, Chairman, African Prudential Plc., Eniola Fadayomi, advised women that even as they advance in their career and crave to be at the top, they should tend to put their priorities right through effective time management to ensure they have a balanced work life and home front.
“Balancing work and home life and responsibilities start from and take off from choices made at early, middle and later stages. You can have it all but not necessarily at the same time as there needs to be a healthy balance at the different stages of our lives,” she said.
Earlier, the Chairperson, APWB, Mercy Oluwatoyin Ojo, said the topic was apt considering what is happening now which include stress at place of work, home and in the business world.She said the association being an advocate of work life balance, informed its decision to organise such seminar and to invite the guest speakers to share how they were able to joggle their activities so as to have a quality life balance and still be at the top.
Her words: “At APWB, we have mentoring for growth programme, we have ambassadors for women who have made it in the industry, who share their experiences on how they could joggle work life balance for emulating the younger ones. We also encourage the young ones that they can build career in the banking sector.
“We hold seminars, career counselling for secondary schools and do corporate social responsibility. We go to the market place; we teach financial intelligence to the women on how they can have successful business account without even having the professional qualification.”
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