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You're Not Imagining things. Work-Life Balance Is harder Than It Used To Be.

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Mar 08, 2019

The average American worker in non-agricultural fields puts in a little more than half as much time on the job as the average worker in 1830. That should be great news, right? And yet the majority of working people report the struggle to find balance between work and personal life is getting tougher, not easier. 

But is this sense of struggle all in our heads? Or are there real reasons we can point to that make balance tougher now than it has been in recent decades? 

5 Really Smart People Share Ideas to Improve Work-Life Balance

By Steve Longan |   May 30, 2018

As we've discussed before on The Wireboard, work-life balance is crucial to productivity, satisfaction with our work and overall health. But what are some innovative ways to think about work-life balance? And how can we start making changes to maintain or improve balance? 

 

Enter the following five talks from TED. Each one contains wonderful insights about the nature of work-life balance as well as cues for how to improve in this area. 

Infographic: Why Work-Life Balance Is Difficult; Why We Need to Pursue Balance Anyway

By Steve Longan |   May 23, 2018

From "The Busy Person's Guide to Work-Life Balance:"

The Trait That Can Predict Job Satisfaction and Prevent Burnout

By Steve Longan |   Mar 20, 2018

Over the past month, we’ve been addressing the issue of burnout here on The Wireboard. We’ve looked at some of the symptoms of burnout as well as productive responses to address it. We’ve shared stories about professionals in the midst of burnout as well as those who’ve successfully come back from being burned-out. 

 

Four Strategies to Prevent Stress from Turning into Burnout

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Mar 06, 2018

As I shared in my article last week, burnout is more than a passing feeling. It can have real and serious implications for your career and—more importantly—your mental and physical health. When you experience burnout on the job, you’re more likely to take sick days, and the days you do show up physically, you’re probably not as productive as the not-burned-out version of you. This can lead to jeopardizing your future work with the company, or in your field. 

 

So, if you believe your workplace stress might be heading towards burnout, the time to act is now, with whatever energy and capacity you still have, in order to find solutions that will change your course and keep you from burning out. 

Four Telltale Signs Your Work Stress Is Leading to Burnout (Jim's Story)

By Edith "Edie" Raphael, PhD |   Feb 27, 2018

One of the common questions on the issue of burnout is how it’s related to stress. Does stress cause burnout? Or is stress just another word for burnout?

 

Here’s a helpful distinction: stress can described as a state of “too much,” while burnout is characterized as a state of “not enough.”

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