Most of the working folks we meet these days are living harried and stressful lives. Change seems constant, and many of the electronic tools designed to make life easier seem to have actually made life more complex. What happened to the reduced working week and increased leisure we were promised by the technoprophets of the 20th century? Somehow, we have all ended up as one-armed jugglers when it comes to finding balance between life and work. Certainly, that’s the case with young working couples with active children.
Perhaps that’s why books on relaxation and time management are so popular these days. We are invited to practice meditation, seek simplicity, and not to sweat the small stuff. Great advice, but who has time to actually do such things? Yet deep down, we know that finding balance is really important life work. And that means paying attention to our values and carefully monitoring the way we live against how we want to live. For the past decade, Dr. Sandy Cotton has been doing workshops related to stress and time management in today’s busy and demanding world, helping participants find a more balanced life. What he found is, there’s a strong business case for organizations to support well-being initiatives for their workers. Investing in the health and life balance of our human capital pays rich dividends. Enlightened organizations know and act on that essential truth. I pray for the day that it’s recognized as common sense in the workplace.