Find­ing work-life bal­ance

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Australians like to think of them­selves as some of the most laid-back peo­ple in the world, but sta­tis­tics re­veal that in the lucky coun­try we’re often stressed out and time poor.

The no­tion of a stan­dard work week — eight-hour days, five-day weeks — hasn’t been the norm for a long time. Al­though the av­er­age num­ber of hours worked per week has de­creased dur­ing the past 30 years, 20 per cent of men and 7 per cent of women work at least 50 hours per week.

When we go home from work, a lot of us have trouble switch­ing off. A 2018 sur­vey found some Australians are spend­ing more time on­line than work­ing. Yet a raft of re­search proves that work­ing longer hours doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily pro­duce more work out­put.

So, how do we achieve that elu­sive work-life bal­ance? Well, it all de­pends on what bal­ance means to you. A 2016 sur­vey re­vealed sev­eral dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tions of work-life bal­ance, but for a third of us it means flex­i­ble work­ing hours, along with the abil­ity at times to work from home.

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