A person's own family is important, so is his or her work. But what happens when he or she chooses one over the other? A person choosing the work alone may not just lose the family but also the trust of the people he or she loves. A person choosing the family alone may continue to strive with difficulty for the family's survival after losing the job. A perfect choice? The proper work-life balance.
Studies have said that men gets criticized for being the group that loses touch of their family, often staying overtime in work and getting off the house instead of taking care of the family. But today, organizations have demanded an equal footing for both genders and requiring both sexes to work hard, so making both men and women more consumed in work than their families. Another area of concern involves the influence of work-life balance on children. Without their parents at home, children often spend their time with other people or alone. Children would think that their parents are not responsible for giving them proper guidance. Some would even turn rebellious or turn their heads to video games and the internet to the point that they would do anything they want because no one is around to tell them "no".
The call for organizations to monitor the need for their employees to go home has been on going for years. Many companies have realized this and have been offering incentives such as compulsory leave. Others would restrict office hours and would also create flexible working time tables so employees can leave for home early and avoid working overtime. Although there are some who are proactive and are willing to stay behind work, employers would find a way for these people to go home and spend their time more with their family. Unfortunately, there are also some who would not specifically indicate such rules, especially when these companies employ too much unskilled workers. With a low productivity rate within the regular working hours, there would be a need for overtime to compensate the lack of work done. Combined with unemployment crisis, people would apply on jobs that would match the minimum requirements regardless of their skills.
Employers have understood their status, but often, the lack of work-life balance may be rooted with the employees as well. The "workaholic" status has expanded due to incentives and rewards such as promotion. Others have major problems with money and would insist on doing more work.
These concerns can be resolved through proper balance. It may be difficult to straighten the weighing scales, but it can become easier through efforts and support. Life on both sides is important, but getting one side heavier than the other side will cause the scale to fall.