It’s National Work-Life Week which aims to highlight the benefits of having a good work life balance, to both employees and employers, but what exactly is it?
It is the opportunity to have more control over how and when you work, to have the support of your employer to achieve this, and to ultimately be able to positively, and effectively ‘balance’ both your home life and your work life.
Why is it so important? Currently workers in the UK are working the highest weekly hours out of the whole of Europe, take the shortest lunch breaks and have the fewest public holidays. What’s more, 1 in 3 people are unhappy with the amount of time they dedicate to work, and 34% have reported that they have suffered from anxiety over the number of hours they work.
The Mental Health Foundation has said the demanding work culture in the UK is “Perhaps the biggest and most pressing challenge to the mental health of the general population.” Which really highlights the importance of having a flexible working life, not only for your physical health, but your mental health too.
Work life balance doesn’t only benefit employees, employers have seen higher productivity and efficiency, lower absence and sickness, and a more motivated work force.
Comparatively, while the UK works the highest average weekly hours, it is only placed at number 15 on the list of most productive countries in the world, proving that more hours don’t necessarily result in better productivity.
So, what can you do to change your work life balance for the better?
NHSP understand, and embrace the importance of making work, work for you and are in a unique position of being able to provide complete flexibility for its Bank members – meaning that they work as little, or as often as they want, supporting NHS Trusts across the country.
As well as flexibility, and the control to work where they want, when they want, NHSP also provide other employee benefits that Healthcare agencies either don’t, or simply can’t – For instance Bank members can accrue paid annual leave, become a member of the pension scheme, have access to competitive pay rates and are eligible for free training and development opportunities.
For more information, and the first step in making work, work for you, visit https://www.nhsprofessionals.nhs.uk/members/joining
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