National Work Life WeekWith the majority of working families highlighting that family and relationships remain their greatest priority, finding the right balance between work and family life has never been more important.

National Work-Life Week, established by Working Families, is a week dedicated to helping people find a better balance between work and life. The week aims to promote the importance of wellbeing and work-life balance, and the business benefits for organisations in getting it right.

At Bright Horizons, we believe a successful work-life balance is boundless in its benefits for both our people and our organisation. We’re all looking forward to celebrating the week and we have themed activities and events planned. We have included our plans below to give you a few ideas and if you’re celebrating the week too, we’d love to hear more about it!

Happy National Work-Life Week!

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  • Work-Life Balance

If we think back to our school days, when the school bell rang at 3:15pm (home time) it was rare to find anyone still roaming the grounds later than 3:30pm and yet, when 5:00pm strikes now we find ourselves still sat at our desks.  When we do leave, it’s quite often we find ourselves checking emails or planning our next project.

Leaving work on time, taking regular breaks and switching our phones off after work can make a great difference in helping to draw a clear line between work and life and enable us to switch off at the end of the day and enjoy a little time to ourselves. We know from time to time, we might need to spend a few more minutes finishing a project or waiting to receive an email but Tuesday is our day to make sure we’re heading home and switching off on time.

  • Taking care of Me

When we’re looking after other people, we can often find ourselves forgetting one important thing: looking after ourselves. When we’re fit and healthy, we’re better able to care for others and feel more confident in juggling multiple responsibilities.

Our diet can play a key role in how we look after ourselves and during National Work-Life Week, we’ll be focussing on how we can get more fruit and vegetables into our diet. We’ll also be exploring how we can look after ourselves mentally, with meditation and mindfulness activities which we can do in work.

  • Reducing stress at Work

When our work-life scales tip unfavourably, we can find ourselves placed under undue stress and anxiety. Whilst stress is a natural reaction and most of us will experience a little stress at some point in our lives, excessive quantities can have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing. It can also impact our work and ability to care for others and in extreme circumstances, it can leave us burned out and having to make a difficult decision about which to prioritise.

This National Work-Life Week, we’ll be focussing on helpful solutions to reduce stress in the workplace – from fun activities such as fundraising to sharing lots of helpful resources and guides.

  • Juggling work and family

Whilst there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ approach or a helpful manual to balancing work and family life, there is an abundance of tried and tested guides and many helpful resources and benefits which can provide vital support for our people.

If you have any employee benefits, such as childcare and resources for your carers and people make sure your guides and resources are easily accessible by your people. Quite often, an organisation has made a great decision to offer a particular benefit or item for their people but the knowledge of where this item is can be lost in translation.