“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life. “ Quite a simple concept in theory. Yet - is it practically possible at all? This so called “work-life balance” is probably one of the most abused catchphrases of the corporate world today and has been in the spotlight for quite some time now. This delicate balance could be the key determining factor to your personal happiness and job fulfillment and its very definition varies widely from one individual to the other.
While the rest of the world sways out of balance, failing to understand what it really is about, do you want to position yourself right? Read on to know more…
What Could Tip The Scales?
A few determining factors are: your work priorities, your values, your manager’s values, and the nature of your job. There are some job options that make it possible for you to have a fulfilling career along with a blooming personal life.
The Expectation Timeline!
Lauren Griffin, senior vice president of Adecco Staffing U.S. tells us, “Work-life balance is not a situation anymore where you’re at work and then you’re at home, it’s more this balancing between the two. It’s a common trend, generationally–people all want the flexibility, but the reasons they want it might be different.”
He observed that Millennial employees (those who were born anywhere between the 1980s and the early 2000s) are more used to being connected constantly to the office and taking care of after-hour-requests and communication. They were noted to take longer lunch breaks and use flexible work timings though.
He then noted that Gen-X (those that were born from the time period between the 1960s and 1980s) and Baby Boomers (those born in the years following World War II) seemed to need more flexibility to help deal with aged care and child rearing.
Where to Find This Elusive Balance!
Forbes did a bit of homework on this topic to help put together a list of jobs which are ideal for that perfect work-life balance everyone is looking for. Along with Glassdoor.com, Forbes, over the past year, gathered feedback from employees across various occupations.
Here’s a bit of the scoop...
At Numero Uno
Data Scientists made their way to the top of the list! IBM reveals,” A data scientist represents an evolution from the business or data analyst role. What sets the data scientist apart is strong business acumen, coupled with the ability to communicate findings to both business and IT leaders in a way that can influence how an organization approaches a business challenge.”
Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC Chapel Hill, Stan Ahalt, feels that the current demand for data scientists, along with “the anemic supply of these professionals will make companies go above and beyond to attract the right talent.”
The Runners Up!
Guess what other positions followed up close, behind the expected content-related and technical jobs- into the top five? Social media managers and SEO Specialists!
The list goes on and is a very diverse one that includes quite a spectrum of options, inclusive of seasonal and part-time jobs- like substitute teachers and lifeguards through to corporate jobs (covering close to everything under the sun).
Like Manager Like Employee!
Griffin points out,” The employer can say, ‘I’m Adecco, and we promote work-life balance, but that manager that you work for has to really believe in it and live it. If they’re not also encouraging their employees and modeling that behavior, it’s difficult for the employee to create it—that’s common across all professions.”
What It All Boils Down To!
Now, for job-seekers out there, a strong word of advice from Griffin is to prioritize the work-life balance in your future role. Pick a job that accommodates your personal commitments or go for a position with an employer willing to bend the rules for you a little- to help work out a solution for your situation.
He explains, “You need to define what’s non-negotiable for you. What’s that specific thing that you know you need some balance for, is it dropping your kids off, or taking your mother to a doctor’s appointment twice a month? What are those key points for you? Because then you can have a more open conversation with your employer.” This is how you should paint a clear picture for your potential employer.
These are just a few stats and pointers we urge for you to keep in mind as you prepare for your first interview or start your official job hunt! After all -all work and no play can only make Jack a dull boy, agreed? There’s no denying it! If you’d like to share more with us on the topic - feel free to drop us a line below. We’d love to hear from you!