Management, Hard Work & Work-Life Balance

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Sumant Joshi September 30, 2020
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Our recently released podcast episode with Susibel Perigault, the Learning & Development (L&D) Head at Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) Panama focuses on the many aspects of personal and professional life that permeate into making an ideal leader. In this blog, we journey through Susibel’s leadership experience and why she holds family, love and work-life balance in the highest regards.

“Keep your priorities very clear.”

Work-life balance has long been discussed as a critical aspect of one’s career, and its rising importance is only multiplied further in today’s highly competitive and constantly changing digital work environment. Given the dominant presence of the millennial workforce going ahead, businesses are fast looking at ways to attract and retain millennials by issuing a sense of comfort in terms of a balance of work and life And, with the millennial employees set to make up 75% of the workforce by 2025, many businesses are also looking at redefining the concept itself.

So, what is a work-life balance?

Work-life balance, as the term suggests, is about compartmentalizing work and personal life without letting either to affect the semblance of the other.

Although easier said than done, it doesn’t come as a surprise why organizations are stressing upon this aspect to have a workforce that is ready for the future of work that seems to be more and more virtual as the days go by. Moreover, work-life balance is important to foster a healthy workplace, be it a physical workplace like the office floor or remote workplace, or a virtual team.

Stress has been identified as the key culprit that distorts the balance of work and life, with the former encroaching upon the latter more often. Stress is certainly one of the persistent health-related concerns in the workplace and maintaining a work-life balance is critical to reduce stress and prevent burnout. Chronic stress can also lead to anxiety and depression in some extreme environments if not addressed effectively.

There are no set rules or how-tos when it comes to achieving a healthy work-life balance as the variables life one’s job, workplace, daily routine & commute, all come into play on an everyday basis. So, an ideal approach would be to look inwards and identify the stressors in every step and negate their effect with healthy practices. External factors are seldom in our control but we can certainly control how we choose to react and let them affect our mental and physical well-being.

“You have to take out time to organize your day, and find time for your family. The day just has 24 hours and you have to plan it properly to ensure that you go to bed knowing you got the result you wanted at the beginning of the day.”

As Susibel shares, enjoying time away from the stresses of work and with one’s family is a sure-fire way to wind down. Family-time helps put perspective on life and highlights the value of love and emotion that is sometimes lost in our daily turmoil to earn a living. Because, at the end of the day, everything one does is for the family, and if your family doesn’t receive as much attention from you as much your work, then the balance is disrupted and the life is in disarray.

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