Work-life balance: Employees also have a role to play

Work-life balance: Employees also have a role to play

I fully agree that work-life balance is important to husbands and fathers ("Help dads achieve better work-family balance" by Mrs Shelen Ang; June 5).

Employers are constantly being asked to help create this for their employees.

I run a small law firm with a number of employees.

Employers like me want the elusive work-life balance, too.

With the demands of clients and the courts, it is difficult to have or create work-life balance.

The cost of running a business does not help to cut down the number of working hours.

Maintaining strict work-life balance is not possible in Singapore. In fact, this concept is now known as work-life harmony, as balance is not possible.

This does not mean we finish work on the dot, but that we juggle both work and life at the same time. At times, the focus is on life, and other times, it is not, depending on work exigencies.

As the Government is not likely to enforce work-life balance, the duty to create the balance also falls on the employees. They should focus on increasing personal productivity and working out mutually agreeable working methods with their superiors.

Ultimately, work-life balance may be achieved only if employees are willing to compromise on salaries, financial perks and standard of living.


This article was first published on June 13, 2015.
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