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The “Cognitive Intrusion of Work”

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The “Cognitive Intrusion of Work”

In simple terms, this means that work-life balance is not just about finding “physical time” to do all that needs to be done. Instead, and more importantly, it is about the “cognitive space” necessary to process, organise, and respond to the thinking demands of life within a complex society.

For example, are employees placing too much value on work and the material things work makes possible?Work-life balance means different things to different people, it is not a one size fits all solution.

Workaholics - ‘masters of their own disasters’
There are many people who will work a 10 hour day at the office and then go home and plug into their emails at home, they will always take work home with them and work over the weekend - but they will eventually lose sight of other things - important things - and consequently burnout.

The key to managing stress lies in that one magic word: ‘balance’
There are five primary dimensions of optimal health: physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual.  To have a  balanced life it is important to try and focus on all five areas.

It is not that people today want work-life balance more than the workers of yesterday but the fact is that society has changed; with the increasing number of single-parent and dual-working parent households, the ability to successfully combine work, family commitments and personal life is important for the well-being of all members in a household.

Poor work-life balance leads to attrition
Work-life conflict is a serious problem that impacts workers and their employers. Today’s workers have many responsibilities such as children, housework, shopping and elderly parent care and this places stress on individuals.

Long working hours and highly stressful jobs not only hamper employees’ ability to harmonise work and family life but also are associated with health risks, such as increased smoking and alcohol consumption, weight gain and depression. Work life conflict has been associated with numerous physical and mental health implications.



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