During National Work Life Week 2019, we’re supporting #WorkLifeWeek with our thoughts and ideas.
Like many working parents, getting his work-life balance right is really important to Lance.
Working at Rambutan has allowed me the flexibility to make sure my work-life balance is just right. The ‘just right’ bit will be different for everyone so let me tell you a little about my experience. At times I’ll be working long days and may need to be away from home for a few nights. At other times, I may have the opportunity to work from home for a few days. Each has its challenges and each has its benefits. The thing is, my schedule is decided by me, so I have control over whether I’ll be staying away, in the office or working from home.
Having control of my diary means I can allocate time for parents’ evenings, school plays, and school sports days without the fear of missing them. An important word in work-life balance is, of course, the word ‘balance’. To be able to take time off for school events, there must be a balance where you give that time back. So, if I’m travelling home late or staying away from home, I remind myself, ‘This is what allows me the flexibility to be there at school events, for my son’.
Using a positive mindset also allows me to gain the best out of those nights I spend away from home. Asking myself, ‘How can I make the time benefit me?’ always helps. It may be that I spend more time with my client to build the relationship. It may be an opportunity to build a better relationship with my teammates, catch up on emails or grab an early night to catch up on sleep!. If I remember that I’m using the time to benefit me, then it all feels worthwhile. Another important thing I’m aware of is that whatever I choose to do, I’m representing Rambutan.
Having the right mindset when working from home is crucial too. A challenge for me is that, at home, I’m not surrounded by people, so making sure I talk to someone in the office really helps. I find that having the right work mindset is much easier when I’m dressed in a smart shirt, jeans etc., as opposed to a t-shirt, shorts and flipflops.
For those of you who work from home, do you ‘beat yourself up’ if you put the washing out or empty the dishwasher or do you say to yourself, ‘It’s good thinking time’? I know which mindset helps me.
I recognise that the flexibility of working at Rambutan has given me the opportunity to get my work-life balance just right. I know that not everyone is this lucky. However, with a slightly different mindset and positive attitude, what more could you do to improve your work-life balance?