Unlocking the Key to Work-Life Balance: VESLOG’s Fresh Perspective in the Age of Remote Work
In recent decades, the concept of work-life balance has blossomed into a prominent and enduring topic of discussion. It became particularly crucial when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, reshaping our world. Now, three years later, the landscape has evolved, and while we’ve regained some freedom, remote work remains a fundamental part of many companies. This paradigm shift ensures that the idea of work-life balance continues to hold its relevance today. Here at VESLOG, where our employees hail from diverse corners of Europe, we have firsthand experience of working remotely, making us acutely aware of the importance of this balance. Join us as we explore why our team values work-life balance while working from home and discover the invaluable insights and practices they employ to sustain it. Prepare to be inspired!
Our Office Manager from Germany, Petra, shared her experience. Let’s look at what she said!
“I was born into a generation that placed high demands on itself, particularly in terms of work performance. With time and experience, I came to understand the importance of leaning back, taking a deep breath, and prioritizing not only work but also my own well-being.
I always like to take a break from work, walk the dog around the block or use the time to do some yoga or stretching exercises. And remember – Rome wasn´t built in one day. It took me some time to establish a great balance between work and private life, and it will take you some time too, and that’s okay!”.
What great words of wisdom from Petra! But why is physical activity so important, you may wonder. According to WHO (World Health Organization), regular physical activity can improve muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness; improve bone and functional health; reduce the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, various types of cancer (including breast cancer and colon cancer), and depression; reduce the risk of falls as well as hip or vertebral fractures; and help maintain a healthy body weight.
I think that our SAP Senior Consultant, Radosław, couldn’t agree more with what was said. Have a look at his observations!
“Achieving a healthy work-life balance is essential for employees’ overall well-being and mental health. Excessive workload induces stress, diminishing productivity and eventually leading to burnout. To alleviate work-related stress, it is crucial to engage in hobbies and interests outside of work. I love to ride a bike when the weather’s pleasant and go to the gym on a regular basis. Being active while working from home is the key to work more efficiently and to not get depressed!”
It looks like some of our employees share the same views on the importance of the proper work-life balance. Continue reading to discover a marketeer’s perspective!
“Balancing work and private life should be our priority (especially these days as in most cases we work from our homes) but can be so difficult for those who like their jobs. It doesn’t mean though, they don’t have to maintain harmony between those two. Poor work-life balance can lead to burnout and in the end, we start hating our jobs and being less productive.
Myself, I like to engage in non-work-related activities that excite me and take my head away from work sometimes. For me, it is playing tennis, traveling, and going out with my friends.” – says Natalia, our Marketing Specialist from Poznań.
She highlights the necessity of separating herself from work-related subjects once in her free time. Even if working from home can be challenging at times, in order to keep your private and professional life separate, some studies confirm that the majority of the employees affirm that working from home positively affects their work-life balance.
Moreover, Flex Jobs research mentions that ’84 % of respondents said that having a remote or hybrid job would make them a happier person’.
Another takeaway from what our Marketing Specialist mentioned is that spending time with your friends is important. The time spent with your loved ones has a positive impact on your everyday life, and so automatically, positively impacts your professional side of life too!
A part of nurturing your personal life and relationships, keep in mind to build strong relationships at work. According to Forbes, in working from home environment especially, it takes an effort to build strong professional relationships, at the same time, it is essential for successful teams.
In striving for a better work-life balance, remember that progress takes time. As Petra wisely noted, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Exercise patience as you navigate the journey of setting boundaries between work and personal life. This gradual approach will contribute to long-term happiness both at work and at home.