Take annual leave and get balance right
workers are being urged to start the year by planning their annual leave dates.
Workers have stockpiled a combined 123 million days of annual leave, according to Roy Morgan Research.
Tourism Australia says workers should take the time now to reflect on their past year and make resolutions for the year to come.
Spokeswoman Alison Maidment said achieving work-life balance was a key component to long-term mental and physical wellbeing.
‘‘It is understandable, considering the current economic conditions, people are worried about the stability of their jobs and development of their career,’’ she said.
‘‘But you will find that if you have a good work-life balance, the career progression will come naturally.’’
She said Tourism Australia’s No Leave, No Life program encouraged workers to take time out and start using their entitled annual leave to have a relaxed and recharged work year.
Tourism Australia advises workers to take a holiday, even if for only a few days or a long weekend.
It also suggests leaving photos of the last holiday on the desk as a reminder to book the next one.
It says workers should try to separate work life from home life as much as possible, such as learning ways to unwind before heading home.
Ms Maidment said new hobbies or activities outside work encouraged personal growth.
‘‘Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn how to surf or maybe you want to visit a city or region in Australia you’ve never been to before,’’ she said. ‘‘Whatever it may be, get out there and give it a go.’’
More tips to achieve work-life balance in 2010 are available on the website www.noleavenolife.com