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Youth Employment Regulations

Youth of a nation is considered to be the future of the nation and therefore it is essential to guide them in the right directions and protect them from exploitation during work. Work according to law1 is defined as the human effort whether intellectual, technical or physical, implemented in return for a wage it may be permanent or temporary in nature. The federal law no. 8 of 1980 concerning the regulations of labor relations (hereinafter known as 'the law') provides for special provisions for the youth of the nation. Article 20 to article 26 of the law pertains to regulating the employment conditions of a youth and the present article evaluates and discusses the same.

First, it is important to understand who all come within the definition of the term 'youth'. The term is not defined in the present law and there before the general meaning of the term is to be looked into. In general terms, the term 'youth' means the phase of life which comes between childhood and adulthood. The age till which a person is said to be in childhood is not stated but article 86 of the Federal Law no. 5 of 1985 relating to the Civil Transactions Law of the United Arab Emirates State, a person enters the age of discretion at the age of 7 and further article 85 of the same law provides that a person in UAE enters the age of majority at 21 years of age. There considering considering the age below 7 years as childhood and the age of and above 21 to be adulthood, the age of a youth should be between 7 years and 21 years of age.

The present article deals with the regulating provisions for the employment of the youth. Article 20 of the law provides for a minimum age for a youth to be employed, it provides that a youth of either of the gender must have completed a minimum of 15 years of age for being employed. Here, the regulating provisions for employment of youth are applicable to youth between the age of 15 years and 21years of age. Employing a youth below the age of 15 years in the United Arab Emirates state would be illegal. Therefore article 21 of the law provides for measures to be taken by an employer to confirm the age of the youth before employing him / her. The employer is supposed to maintain a personal file for the youth and is under obligation to maintain documents giving proof of the age of the youth therein. The following documents have to be maintained in the personal file of the youth:

1. A birth certificate or an official extract thereof, or an age estimation certificate issued by a pertinent doctor and authenticated by the competent health authorities. (for proof and verification of the fact that the youth is of employable age)

2. A certificate of health fitness for the required job issued by a competent doctor and authenticated.

3. A written consent of the guardian or trustee of the youth.

Further, the law provides for the maintaining a special register accounting essential information about the youth at the work place by the Employer. The said register is to contain information relating to the name and age of the youth, the full name of the guardian or trustee thereof, the place of residence, date of employment and the work for which the youth is employed. The date of employment is to confirm that the youth when employed was of employable age. The work role of the youth needs to be specified as youths are allowed to do work only that is considered to be safe for them. Article 24 of the law provides that employment of youth in hazardous, strenuous or in such conditions that are harmful to the health conditions of the youth is prohibited. The circumstances and environment that are considered to be hazardous and harmful to the health of the youth are determined by virtue of a decision issued by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs upon the consultation of the competent authorities regarding the same. Here only the physical health of the youth is taken into consideration but with effect of an amendment the provision for safeguarding the mind and the mental health should also be added in the present law as youth is an age where the mind imprints very fast and easily and hence it is essential to keep it away from unethical, immoral and illegal activities.

Further, the law provides for the duration for which a youth is allowed to work in terms of timings and number of hours. Article 23 provides that a youth can only be employed during day time but this provision is limited to employment in industrial enterprises. Therefore there is no restriction on employing youth during the night time at work places other than industrial enterprises. It also provides the meaning of the word "night" to be a period of twelve consecutive hours at least including the period from 8 pm until 6 am Article 25 of the law limits the maximum working hours to 6 hours per day for youths. These working hours would also include intervals for rest, meals or prayers. The interviews together are to be for a minimum of one hour and can be more than that but never less than that. Also the interval or the intervals are to be set in such a manner that the youth does not work more than four consecutive hours and the youth is not to be kept in the work location for more than seven consecutive hours. Further the law also has enumerated provisions within itself against charging the youth with overtime or retaining him / her at the work place after working hours or making the youth work of rest days which includes Fridays and public holidays.

At times it is necessary for the development and rehabilitation purposes that the youth is made to work for longer hours or to attend work on rest days. For such cases the law provides a special provision for philanthropic and educational institutions, that they may be exempt from the above discussed provisions if the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs thinks fit. This is not a rule but only a discretionary power of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs which shall take all necessary facts and circumstances into consideration before granting any exemptions.

These provisions are to be kept in mind by employers, their representatives, guardians and trustees of the youth. As article 34 of the law provides that they are and shall be partially liable for the following of the above discusses provisions of the law.

1The federal law no. 8 of 1980 concerning the regulations of labor relations

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Is Technology an Enabler Or Disabler For Work-Life Balance?

Work/Life Balance has become extremely important in recent years. Work/Life has been defined as having enough time to do work, and enough time to have a life outside of work.

With more and more people working and needing dual incomes to support their families and mortgages these days, the actual time spent with families and friends is diminishing. Employees are spending longer at work as companies are squeezing everything they can out of their employees meaning they have less time with their families and social networks.

This imbalance is leading people to have high levels of stress and burn-out which can manifest itself in many different ways including headaches, irritability, forgetfulness, heart disease and an increased consumption of alcohol and cigarettes.

The traditional one parent at home looking after children has mostly gone with large numbers of children in preschool centers and after school care. Children are seeing less of their parents and not making the family bonds that are so essential for an effective community as a whole.

Technology was initially expected to help people achieve work life balance with the expectations that day-to-day chores could be automated enabling people to spend more quality time with their families. But this does not appear to be the case.

Technology instead of being an enabler for work/life balance appears to be a disabler. Employees are now armed with mobile phones, notebooks and mobile data cards so they can keep in touch with the office from home. They are equipped with car kits so they can take voice calls when travelling. It is common place to use smart phones so that employees can continue receiving e-mails even when they are not in the office.

Work Life Balance has become more about fitting in what you can for the company when you are not in the office. Work Life Balance has become checking e-mails on your smart phone when you are on the couch at home and answering work calls in the weekend when you are with your family. The expectations of companies these days are their employees are available around the clock and this has set a new standard in business. More worrying is that people just accept this change due to the competitiveness in the job market.

Work Life Balance very much favors the employer as they take advantage of technology to mobilize their employees to ensure they remain in touch with the office outside of work hours. Employees need to take control and define what they want to achieve from their lives and build work around their life otherwise we shall continue on a path which will eventually unbalance the communities we live in.

Source by Leeann P McCallum

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Career Options in the Aviation Industry

When it comes to the aviation industry, people think of flying. But it's not only about this! This industry is full of adventure, fun, and excitement. Apart from becoming a pilot, this sector has a lot of opportunities in terms of an aircraft mechanic, flight attendant and a lot more.

Aviation industry is the fastest growing industries in India. So, if you want to work in the aviation, you do not have to wait to learn to fly. There are a plethora of job opportunities for you to explore. From air traffic management, technical aspect, aircrew, flying operation and all the other activities that deals with the operation of aircraft are all a part of aviation careers.

Every aviation job position requires a level of eligibility criteria and high-level training. For instance, to become a flight attendant, you need high school education and training that you get while on the job. Whereas to become a pilot, you require a degree and intensive training. As for aviation mechanic or aviation maintenance technician, one must attend technical college.

No doubt there are a lot of opportunities and aviation vacancies out there, so let's explore all those jobs:

1. Airline Pilot – Have you always dreamed of flying? If yes, then you would enjoy a career as an airline pilot. This position requires a college degree and training. As an airline pilot, you must know how to operate an aircraft and follow the safety rules.

In most commercial airlines, "seniority" is the factor to grow your career where the number of flight hours is assigned to the pilots as per their serving period. So, in order to advance in your career, you have to accumulate a certain amount of flight hours.

Airline pilots have lots of other options also such as military pilots, regional airline pilots, test planes, fight fires and monitor traffic etc.

2. Aviation Mechanic – As an aircraft mechanic, you would have needed to have specialization in preventative airplane mechanics. For this, you have to get a degree and learn the skills while on the job.

3. Aviation Maintenance Technician – Responsible for checking and preparing the electric as well as mechanical components of aircraft, aviation maintenance technicians are always in great demand.

These professionals have to perform safety checks and comply with certain standards. This aviation career option offers a candidate several options to specialize in.

4. Aircraft Manufacturing Engineer – If you have an engineering background, this is a lucrative aviation career option for you. Here, you will be responsible for developing manufacturing systems, meeting production quotations and developing the maintenance programs. It is a highly technical job that requires extensive training.

5. Air Traffic Controller – One of the best paying jobs with an associate's degree, it requires a remarkable amount of mental focus as it causes a high level of stress. These professionals work at control towers from where they direct all the air traffic to make sure that there is proper communication landing, taxi, and takeoff instructions.

This is a fast-paced job where the competition is steep. An air traffic controller is responsible for managing all communications and extremely essential, to provide assistance in the events of emergency.

6. Avionics Technician – Also, you can become an avionics technician where you get to work on weather radar systems, components that are used for navigation of aircraft and radio communication among other computers and instruments. These technicians can work odd hours as they often indulge in solving complex electrical problems and are called when their expertise is required.

As you can see, there are a number of lucrative options available in the aviation industry. Although, the salary varies widely here, mechanical and engineering sector has the highest paying jobs. There is a demand for aviation professionals that have specialization in a certain field which is only going to increase over the time.

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How To Survive the Job Search Marathon

Have you left the job you really hated to look for something more fulfilling, or planning to do so in the near future? There are three key things you need to aware of if you want to transition through this period painlessly.

1. Frustration is inevitable.

Let's face it – a job search is not the most exciting way to pass one's time. Even if you completely hated your previous job, after the first few weeks euphoria will pass and you may discover that freedom is not as attractive as you had depicted it to be.

Your real challenge will start after you're done with "enjoying the beautiful weather" and have cooked up with all the friends you planned at least twice. Life may start feeling meaningless, especially if you are not quite sure about what you want, and just know what you do not want to (stay in the job you hate!).

Be prepared that your days will consist of endless follow up emails and calls accompanied by a blunt mixture of fear and frustration. You may stop picking up your friends' calls because you'll dread the question that will be asked – so, how is the job search?

What to do about it:

Create some structure and routine for yourself through the day you can stick to no matter what. The fact that you are not working does not automatically mean you should wonder half-naked around the house.

Looking for a job will become your full-time job, but it should be structured just as any other job. Set yourself some goals for the day, so that you continue feeling that you have accomplished something – ie send out 10umes per day. Make sure you have goals outside your job search as well – you can sign up to volunteer, start learning something new online, reading 10 pages of a book, doing 50 squats etc.

Viktor Frankl, a famous psychologist who spent years in Nazi camps believed that people who survived genocide had one thing in common – their lives had some meaning and they had a goal (like helping others, or thinking about a scientific problem they'll be able to explore once they are out of the camp). Set goals up for yourself.

2. You'll eat yourself alive with self-criticism

The worst thing that can happen is no that you do not get an interview or job offer, but that you start asking yourself questions when things do not work out for some time.

What if this is forever? What if I do not find anything more meaningful and am just a dreamer? What if I am not good for anything else and should have just stayed where I was?

We really excel at creating a hell for ourselves with our own hands. People who are especially good at those are those who have been more successful, as they tend to have many more expectations about what they should do and what the world should look like.

What to do about it

Give yourself time and space. Figuring out what you really want can take some time, and it's a matter of trying, not thinking. If you are really limited with your funds, you may want to have a temporary solution in place not to get into survival mode.

You are not doing yourself any service by demanding results right now and not giving yourself permission to recover (honestly, does it really help that you are torturing yourself again and again and again)?

Be kind to yourself. Your situation is not easy by itself. The frustration you are experiencing can be tremendously reduced if you stop demanding from yourself immediate results and give yourself time.

Please, know that there's nothing wrong with you. Start re-building your confidence – if you've spent time in an unsuitable role or environment, chances are that it is strongly under undermined. Ask your friends to mention your great qualities to you, or write down all the experiences when you felt like a winner and re-read them on a daily basis.

3. You'll start postponing your life until you find a job

You may start running out of money, and so decide that you should not be entertaining yourself until you've found something.

Even when they have enough funds, people in such situations often get into the "scarcity" mentality and stop condemning themselves every single pleasure that costs money (and any other, too), not because they are essentially postponing their lives until until they find a job. This is what makes the job search situation so unbearable for most of them.

What to do about it.

Your life might be frustrating at times, but it can also be fun – and fun does not necessarily cost you money. Please, know that your feeling of happiness and fulfillment does not depend on whether you find a job tomorrow or not, and you can choose to be happy any time of your life.

Do something on a daily basis to help yourself maintain the positive mode. It's especially important because when you are trying to achieve something, you need to make sure that you have enough energy to keep yourself going. Negative thoughts and experiences deplete your energy, and positive ones build it up.

So treat it as a marathon preparation – it can be hard at times and you may need to limit yourself for some things. It's up to you how to remember this period of your life – as something that you were jumping that will pass ASAP, or something that was quite challenging, but also full of new great experiences.

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5 Steps Employment Lawyers Advise You To Take If Your Rights Have Been Violated

You feel your rights have been violated at work, you’ve done a thorough job researching your issue, and you think you have a good case to pursue against your employer. Now what? It can be hard to find a qualified and experienced attorney as there are few employment lawyers that work on behalf of employees compared to how many work for employers. Follow these five steps to make sure that your claim has the greatest chance of success.

1. Have A Conversation With Your Employer

First, you should file your statement of complaint with the human resources department at your company. Filing with HR first can sometimes provide a temporary or even permanent solution to the issue. You may also want to speak with your boss to see if the issue can be resolved before moving forward with a formal complaint. Make sure to stay professional and polite and avoid personal attacks. Keep a written record of all conversations and try not to gossip with your co-workers about the situation. If a conversation occurs, follow up via email with a summary of that conversation.

2. Determine If Your Employer Is Bound By Federal Law

The Family Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and a few other federal laws govern employers that engage in interstate commerce. If you’re not sure about your company, call the Wages and Hours Division of the Department of Labor, and they will tell you. They will also tell you if you need to file a state claim before proceeding with a federal claim as sometimes all state remedies must be exhausted before you can file at the federal level. Experienced employment lawyers can be particularly useful at this stage.

3. Gather Together All Required Information

When preparing to file your complaint, make sure you have gathered all of the required information. You will need your contact information as well as your employer’s, and documentation that shows your position and pay. The court will look more favorably on written documents and evidence such as wage stubs, work transcripts, hiring and/or firing forms, and any relevant receipts. If you have any witness statements, employment lawyers will advise you to get these in writing.

4. File The Formal Complaint

When it’s time to file with the appropriate government agency, you will generally start with the agency that governs your type of claim depending on if you are alleging discrimination, unfair hiring practices, workplace safety issues, etc. You will then be directed to your local office. An investigation will be conducted, and a determination made if your employer is liable. Based on that determination, a remedy may be issued such as an award for damages or an order for a change in the employer’s work policies.

5. Follow The Progress Of The Complaint

If no violation is found, or you and your employer were not able to reach a settlement, then it is up to you to decide if you want to pursue private action. Interviewing employment lawyers at this point and having them review your case is likely your best solution.

Following these five steps should help you build the most successful employment case.

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Leave Management Software to Help Promote Work-Life Balance

Balancing life and work is very important, and you can help your employees achieve that with effective leave management software. Different employees have different attitudes towards work. There may be some who would go on excessive leaves while there are others who would rarely miss a day of work. In order for your employees to be more effective and productive at work, everything should be balanced.

Yearly, most regular employees are granted a certain number of vacation leaves, sick leaves or emergency leaves depending on their contract. While most would use these leaves to rest and relax with their family and loved ones, some are just too deep into their work that they wouldn’t even take a leave. While hardworking employees are very much appreciated, it is also important to encourage your employees to take a leave every once in a while for them to refresh. Even computers and some office appliances need to be turned off every once in a while to give it time to rest. Humans need to switch off their office minds every now and then too because the secret to productivity and efficiency in the workplace is a fully balanced body and mind. A leave management software can help doing just that.

Monitor Days of Work in a Monthly or Yearly Basis with a Leave Management Software

Set a certain number of days per month or year that your employee needs to maintain for a balanced work life. A leave management software can help you determine if your employee has taken so many leaves or if he hasn’t been on leave at all. There may be days that an employee needs to go on overtime or even go to work on weekends. If there’s excessive overtime and weekend work, you can make adjustments to the number leaves an employee has to take. If you have allotted 10 vacation leaves for each regular employee each year, an employee doesn’t necessarily have to use up all those leaves. Perhaps you can require each employee to take a leave at least for 3 days in a year. If an employee has taken more than 10 days of vacation leave for the year, you can also monitor these with the software.

Control Rate of Absenteeism and Tardiness with the Leave Management Software

By monitoring exactly how many days per year or month your employee went to work as compared to the actual number of working days, you can look closely now how many times an employee was absent without filing leaves or late for work. The leave management software can help you determine the productivity of your employees as well as ensure they are being efficient at work.

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After a Career Break, How to Find a Suitable Job

Finding a suitable job after a break may be challenging. Most employers would not consider your work experience prior to the career break and consider you as an entry level once again. But don’t lose heart, you still have a chance to land your dream job after a break. Here are some tips on how to find a suitable job after a career break.

Assurance. You have to assure your employer that you will be staying with them to work and not go on a break once again. Employers need assurance that they can rely on you to do the task, complete it and not abandon it. This means that you have to explain clearly during the interview the reason why you had a break. A well-explained rational reason is acceptable and takes away the doubt from the employer’s mind.

Knowledge and Skills. You have to be able to show that you still have the knowledge and skills that you have prior the career break and even better after the career break. You should be able to improve your knowledge and skills even during the break. This means that even though you are not working on your career, you are still learning new things and developing your skills. You still have to be updated on the latest things happening on your industry.

Adaptability. You should be able to adapt to new technology and development that occurred while you are on break. You cannot expect that the same tools you were using prior the break would still be the same ones that you will use when you make a career comeback. With the rapid changes in technology and computers, everything gets upgraded to become a better version of the original or prior versions.

Flexibility. You should be flexible enough to take on new roles after the career break. Roles can be related to or not to your prior work experience. You can change roles and engage in a career that is related to the skills you developed while on break. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be coming back to the same career you had prior to the break.

Networking. You should be able to keep in touch with former colleagues and bosses even during your career break. These people can help you once you are ready to come back. They can rehire you or recommend you as they already know your skills and attitude towards work.

Confidence. You should be able to exude confidence that you are now ready for a career come back. No trace of regrets should be shown on having a break rather a positive outlook that there are good reasons for the break and you have benefitted from it. The experiences you had during the career break could actually contribute to your next career.

These are only a few things to keep in mind when planning a career break or while at the middle of a career break or even after a break in the career. What’s important is the decision to come back and face new challenges.

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Managing Emotions During Career Change and Job Search, Part One

How can you manage your emotions during your career change or job search? To answer this practical and wise question, let's first define what emotions are. Emotions, also commonly referred to as feelings, are energy released in your body in response to perceives events, that is, to data received via your five senses.

To build your skill in managing your emotions during your current or next career transition:

1.) Practice Naming Your Emotions. There's great power in simply naming your emotions as you experience them. Check in with yourself several times a day and name your emotions in a journal or log. Learn to identify the nuances of difference between emotions that are similar. Choose carefully how you name what you're feeling: word choice creates reality!

2.) Allow Yourself to Feel What You Feel. Resisting emotions keeps you stuck in them. Why not do something radical like feeling them? Let the emotion wash over you and it will pass through you infinitely more gently. Feeling your feelings is always easier than resisting them, because emotions grow in proportion to our resistance to them.

3.) Express What You Feel. Unexpressed emotions are like poison trapped in the body. You do not really want to do that to yourself, do you? Let them out! The key here is safety and appropriateness. Find ways to express your emotions that are safe and mature for you and those around you.

4.) Act on Your Emotions. Again, safety and appropriateness are key. Emotions are messengers from your internal reality prompting you to take some action. Discover what each emotion wants you to do, then do it, safely. Do not delay, or your emotions will act on you.

5.) Journal. Journal thoughts, emotions, dreams and dialogues. Write letters you will not send. Mine your innards to find the truth within.

6.) Exercise. Physical activity is a great stress reducer and safe way to channel your emotions into action. Whether it's a walk or a swim, a bike ride or run, or aerobics or muscle building, it will help you constructively channel your stress into a healthy mind and body. Start slow; be consistent!

7.) Talk to a Safe Someone. Call a friend or family member; find a counselor; try a coach or spiritual director; meet with a priest, pastor or rabbi … but call someone! You do not have to bear your burdens alone unless you choose to … and why would you choose to?

8.) Use Art to Express Yourself. Paint your panic. Draw your dreams. Write poetry to express the inexpressible within you. Both verbal and nonverbal art forms can help you release what should not be trapped within you.

9.) Use Music to Match Your Mood. You can use music to match your mood and theby express it, or you can use music to alter your mood when it's critical to do so. So, if you're down and need to pump it up, try some rousing rock or Latin music. If you're hyper and need to calm down and center, try baroque, New Age or soft jazz selections. Music can be a particularly powerful way to help yourself relax into sleep or get revved up for your day.

10.) Pray or Meditate Through Your Feelings. Both prayer and meditation are powerful ways to feel and express your emotions. Practice one or the other or both daily.

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Do You Need Help With Your Nanny's Employment Contract?

If you're a busy parent, you'll no doubt have given reasonable thought to your childcare options. Whether you opt for a child-minder, nursery or full-time help will depend on what is right for you and your family.

This is something you can seek advice on by asking other parents, either online through a trusted source, or those you know in person – but in the end it comes down to what you feel is best for your unique situation.

Many people decide that employing a nanny is the most attractive option, particularly if they are looking for full time help. Inviting a professional carer into your home, whether they live with you or not, will allow your children to be looked after in a comfortable, familiar space with someone they can build a long-term one-on-one relationship with.

As a parent, having someone you trust to step in to your shoes while you're out at work or fulfilling other commitments is vital. In order to find the right nanny, it's best to go through an agency. Remember that as well as having all the relevant qualification and a clean DBS certificate they will need to be someone you warm to personally.

But what if you've already found the ideal nanny, but do not know the first thing about employing someone? UK law stipulates that you are required to have a contract with your childcare provider within two months of their start date. This must comply with current legislation, so is something you should consider carefully.

This employment contract will also need to be tailor so that it contains the terms of your working relationship. This may appear confusing if you have never had to draw up one of these documents, however, you should refrain from just knocking up something on your computer as it will need to comply with employment legislation in order to be valid.

You also want your new nanny to feel valued and respected professionally. Employment contracts are required for both of your sakes, and he or she may think twice about being in your employ if you can not provide them with a proper, legal document explaining their rights and outstanding their duties.

The best thing to do in this situation is to seek help from a specialist. You can do this online by doing some research into nanny payroll and contracts. There should be a number of companies offering their services to help you manage your administrative duties in this area.

Using an employment contract service, you will now only receive a bespoke legal document you can present to your new employee, but you will also have access to pending legal advice relating to your nanny (including tricky topics like redundancy or maternity leave) for the majority of his or her employment.

It's best to opt for a service that has been specifically designed for parents, that way the professionals you¡¯re dealing with will have an innate understanding of different situations relating to childcare. Once you are happy with the service you have chosen, you should be able to register your details to the site quickly and easily.

Some professional services will turn your finished contract around in 48 hours, but this should only be a first draft so you should be able to make adjustments if you see fit. It's best to let them know if you need the document back urgently as they may be able to work to your timeframe.

Turning to a professional to help you take care of this important requirement will free you up to get on with your daily life without the hassle of trying to take care of everything by yourself.

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Work-Life Balance – Lifestyle Under Scrutiny

The expression ‘work-life balance’ means a balanced relationship between professional and private life. Many people come to realise that, although they have succeeded brilliantly in their careers, they are very lonely at the same time.

On the one hand, the combination of business and family is regarded differently in individual cultures. In many industrial nations the typical gender roles have changed significantly in the past decades. Therefore, the established family models had to be expanded with new models.

On the other hand, ‘work-life balance’ is a very personal and individual topic.

Everybody must define and find the balance that is right for them. It is only human that we would like to achieve everything at the same time: business success, a happy family, a comfortable circle of friends, a well-trained body – perfection on all levels. However, this brings with it the danger of over-exertion. The continuous stress expresses itself through infection, mental and physical exhaustion (burnout syndrome), insomnia, tinnitus and even heart attack. If your body is giving you warning signs, you should take a serious look at your lifestyle.

How can you find and keep your personal balance? The first step is to realise where you stand in the individual areas of your life. Imagine that this star graph represents your life. Assign the rays of the star to the areas of your life that are important to you: marriage, children, friends, business life, education, income, recreation, health, hobbies.

Now go through each area and think about your current position. Assign percentages for the amount of time and effort you spend on each area and adjust the rays accordingly. Which areas are dominating? What misses out? Which areas need to be changed? Which are realistic targets?

The graph illustrates the importance of having the right targets. If career is the only target, the star looks very lopsided. We all know people who go in one direction only. They are missing balance. The secret for a balanced life is to set targets in different areas at the same time.

A Balanced Lifestyle through Balanced Goal Setting

1. Write down your targets – for all areas of life.

2. Use the star graph to ensure a more equal balance.

3. Define the necessary long-term and short-term steps. – Which strategies do you want to undertake in order to achieve the target?

4. Define the target as if you have already achieved it. Think about it from the ‘I’ point-of-view and in the present.

5. Think of the emotional reward. Imagine how you will feel when you achieve your target.

6. Always visualise your target by imagining the situation as accomplished.

7. Re-set your targets from time to time.

Source by Andreas Boenisch