Finding work-life balance
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.