The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2012 - (Page 47)

WORK-LIFE BAL ANCE HUMAN RESOURCES Work-Life Balance: It’s All Up To You! BY STEVE MCCLATCHY, PRESIDENT, ALLEER TRAINING & CONSULTING ork-life balance is one of the most elusive and sought-after values in business today. In a recent Aon Consulting poll, 88 percent of employees say they have a hard time juggling work and life. Employers recognize out-ofbalance or burned-out employees can impact morale, engagement, attendance, productivity, retention, quality and even customer satisfaction, so the stakes are high. With so much at stake why has it been so hard to figure out? The problem is balance is not something that can be provided in a benefits package. One organization can’t offer more worklife balance to its employees than another. Employers can offer a more flexible work schedule, child care, financial services, etc., but these things can only help you manage life more efficiently, they won’t give you the feeling of balance. If balance is a feeling that comes and goes throughout our careers, what specifically creates the feeling? Think of the last time you thought your life was better today than yesterday. Maybe it was a graduation, a new job offer, a promotion, a new client, an award, a magazine or TV appearance, a great vacation, running a marathon, hosting a great party, a new relationship, a new volunteer opportunity, helping a child with a new milestone, solving an old problem with a fresh new thought or even just getting a great workout or receiving a compliment on a job well done. These are times when you felt balanced. You worked toward a goal and your hard work produced real results and made an improvement in your life. Movement toward goals and improvement is what creates balance. It creates the excitement and adrenaline we need to keep going. At the end of the day it offers peace of mind that we have not wasted time and that we have identified where we want to go and done something about it. The momentum created by improvement and results motivates and inspires to do even more the next day. W This is a different understanding of balance. Balance is a feeling you get when you are satisfied with where you are and where you’re going. It’s the balance of maintenance and improvement. Balance comes from pursuing and achieving goals and seeing improvement, rather than continuing to put forth effort toward maintenance, or just aging through another day. Both personally and professionally, you have opportunity for improvement, ingenuity, new adventure and growth. The best way to combat burn-out and stress and achieve the feeling that your life is balanced between what you have to do and what makes you feel alive is to continuously seek improvement. As you identify goals and plan small steps to work toward, the feeling of burn-out fades. With each small step you see improvement and gain momentum. With movement and progress, a purpose becomes more evident. You use resources to improve instead of fighting to stand still. That feeling of life in motion creates balance. Moving toward something meaningful that will benefit you, your team at work, your organization, your family, etc. is what erases burn-out and stress lets balance and satisfaction move in. The key to getting started is a plan. Managing survival or maintenance items is challenging and time consuming. The daily maintenance that causes burn-out includes everything from paying bills, cleaning dishes, getting haircuts and putting gas in the car, to submitting expense reports, attending long meetings and keeping up with endless emails. Then you wake up the next day and do it all over again. If you wait until these items are completed each day before you focus on improvement, then improvement never happens. Instead, while in the midst of frenzied errands and tasks, take a step back and shift gears. Squeeze in steps toward your goals every day. Without planning these steps, the brain will prioritize survival The MHEDA Journal | Second Quar ter 2 012 47

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2012

President's Perspective
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Ask Your Board
Meet The MBOA
Mackinnon Equipment & Services
Member Profile
Bode Equipment Company's Office Supervisor Meredith Fowler is a jack of all trades
Customer Service Automation
Continued Growth Expected in 2012
The Off-Season
Convention Program - Re-Imagine Your Business
Convention Program
Exhibitor's Showcase Guide
Out of the Classroom, Into the Shop
The Link between Sales and Absorption: To sell more, service more!
Social Media and the C-Level: Objections Discussed
Sucession Planning and the Emerging Generations: Five Trends You Need to Know
Sucession Planning
Sucession Planning and the Emerging Generations: Five Trends You Need to Know
Work-Life Balance: It's All Up To You !
Controlling Your Workers Compensation Costs
Transactional vs. Consultative Selling
The Traits of Great Salespeople
Who's to Say What Is Sexy
Spotlight on MHEDA News
MHEDA University Calendar
New Members
MHEDA Milestones
New Products
Index of Advertisers by Product Category

The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2012