Work-life balance
Do we work with the only purpose to survive or to make our life complete as well?

Questions for discussion:

1. Do you think people work to be happy? Please elaborate on your answer.

2. Do you like your job? Why? If you don't, what job do you want to get?

3. What is the most important thing for you in this life? Please rank the items below in order of priority to you: - children - your husband/wife - your work - free time, leisure activity, pastime - personal growth and development

4. Would you stop going to work if you had enough money?

5. Would you work for only half a salary if it lets you work only 20 hours a week?

6. Do you happen to work long hours? Do you work overtime often? Are you fine with it? Do you get paid some additional money for it? 7. Do you happen to work on holidays often? Do you get paid for it?

8. Does your employer care about their employees providing them with more opportunities to use corporate benefits like free access to gyms and swimming pools, extra medical insurance, etc?

9. Do you want more responsibility and do more jobs in the company beyond your job-description, or do you think you already do enough to meet all the requirements from your employer?

10. Does your work affect your relationship with your husband/wife and children? Why?

11. Is it easy for you to relax after work or during holidays? What do you usually do to relax? Is Sunday the worst day for you because of the coming Monday?

12. Do you feel anxious about your work all the time? Is it true that you can't think about anything else but work? If it is so, what do you usually do to stop bothering about it?

13. Is workaholism an addiction or the necessity to earn a living?

Reading:

Loving your job is BAD for your career as you work too hard in the evenings and are outperformed by colleagues who come in refreshed

People who feel their job is integral to their life may find it hard to be productive These people are less able to successfully disengage from work in the evenings This limits their energy levels the following morning and their ability to focus

Workaholics may be doing their career more harm than good. New research suggests people who love their jobs too much are at risk of being outperformed by less dedicated colleagues. This is because they work too hard and for too many hours, leaving little time to relax. As a result, less dedicated colleagues could outperform them by turning up to work more alert and refreshed. Research from King's College London and Royal Holloway found having an intense career calling motivates people to work longer hours which directly limits their psychological detachment from work. This in turn reduces sleep quality and their ability to focus. 'A calling produces a set of superior goals that are given higher priority over other life goals', said lead author Dr Michael Clinton from King's College London. 'This focus on calling-related goals can be problematic when the additional goals, which may include both personal and family related goals, are not given sufficient attention and when they are important for individual functioning.' The team studied the working lives of 193 Church of England ministers. Minsters who strongly believed their existence would be much less meaningful without their involvement in the church could engage less frequently in daily recovery processes. However, researchers say these processes are important in protecting people from work-related strain. Individuals display workaholic tendencies in almost every sector, from zookeepers to bank managers. 'This study has shed light on how callings may often be challenging for an individual, demanding more of them than perhaps less meaningful and consuming endeavors', said Dr Clinton. 'People should be aware of how much value they place on their career and the subsequent effects of this on their life,' he said. Researchers noted that it is not surprising people with intense callings push themselves to work long days. In the short term this is not a bad thing as it enhances satisfaction and productivity. 'While the intensity of a calling has a positive direct effect on work-related vigor, it motivates people to work longer hours, which both directly and indirectly via longer work hours', researchers wrote in the study, published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.'There are costs associated with habitually working long hours, in terms of psychological and physical well-being and if this subsequently leads to fatigue then one might also expect a greater risk of impaired performance and risk-related behaviours', they wrote.
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