I’ve written about vocations/avocations and the importance of liking/loving what one does for a living and if one does not like what they do for a living, then haveing something in one’s life that one can proclaim ‘passion’….work can only be a small part of a very fulfilling life….however, I do think it is important to be passionate about something….
Work-life balance is important because it affects the well-being of individuals, families and communities. After all, people need time and energy to participate in family life, democracy and community activities. They also need time outside of work for rejuvenation and to develop and nurture relationships.
Workplaces that support employee wellbeing and allow time for employee recovery are part of creating a sustainable workforce where employees don’t become burned-out and ineffective. In contrast to ‘engaged’ employees who display on the job energy, involvement, commitment and a sense of efficacy, burned out employees are exhausted (often physically, mentally and emotionally), cynical (have negative attitudes about the job) and lack efficacy (don’t feel like their job or their efforts matter. Burnout has a number of workplace causes, including work overload (unsustainable workloads with no opportunities for recovery). Other sources include lacking control over your work or workplace, unresolved workplace conflicts and perceptions of unfair workloads, pay or evaluations. In most cases, managers and other organizational leaders have at least some power to prevent employee burnout by addressing these sources. For a business, many times organizational psychologists or organizational development specialists can come in and help….
I did want to address the other side of the issue; when someone is so co-dependent on other individuals that they end up doing so many things for so many people/creatures that they end up not doing their job well of in many instances, not spending the time to look for a job because it is ‘easier’ to become involved in other lives….if you’ve just won the lottery, have a great retirement that you very skillfully planned or if you are independently wealthy, then you don’t need to worry about this from an ‘employment’ perspective, however, too many of us fail to focus on job hunting or on the income that we have because it is easier, more fun, etc. to become involved in something easier or something that we prefer to do other than work for a living….please note that many of us are passionate about things other than our ‘work’…
I truly believe in the circle of life….I’ve written about this before….I believe that there are times in one’s life when one is helping others that need help….be they close family friends or being sympathetic, understanding, or possibly empathetic to another one of God’s/god’s creatures. I also believe that the circle of life represents the fact that when one gives; one receives. I will note that when one needs, it will not necessarily be those that the individual ‘helped’ for those creatures may be in other parts of the world in different stages of their lives or may have even passed. The point is that there will be someone to help….
I recently had an unfortunate accident with my dog …being aggravated by another dog in my neighborhood…I was pulled down, hit my hip, broke it, spent five (5) days in the hospital with major hip repair surgery, spent 10 days in rehab then spent another week at my sister’s home, sleeping on a recliner that she specifically purchased for my recuperation….the people that helped me, came to see me, called me, sent me flowers, brought me food, etc. were amazing….I felt privileged and very special….I feel blessed.