Today is the fifth National Go Home On Time Day in Australia. A great initiative by The Australia Institute that aims to increase awareness of the impact a poor work/life balance has on our physical and mental health.
This year, the research organisation has partnered with beyondblue to look into the direct correlation between working conditions and mental health.
Australians work some of the longest hours in the western world, with a staggering 4.2 million of us not having time to exercise regularly, get enough sleep or go to the doctor because of long working hours.
It’s great to be committed to getting the job done, but it is also extremely important to manage your time effectively and balance out your life. One in two Australians doesn’t spend as much time with their family as they’d like to because of work.
And amazingly, only one in five Australian workers are working the hours they want to. We donate nearly $110 billion of unpaid overtime to employers – that’s 7.4% of our GDP!
Did you know that small businesses in Australia employ over 70% of Australian workers. So if you’re a business owner, consider the impact your workplace culture has on your employees. Taking a break will actually improve productivity amongst yourself and your workers.
It’s time to stop being a slave to your smartphone and to start recognising that life doesn’t always need to revolve around work. Take a look at the impact your work is having on your health and relationships, and start a conversation today on how you can improve conditions and tip the scales back into balance.
If you’re struggling with your work/life balance, get in touch today!