Work-Life Balance: How to Get Your Share

“Work-life balance” is a phrase you’ve probably heard a lot. It’s interesting to consider what the phrase means to you. How does your work and the hours you work impact the rest of your life? Your hobbies, your social life, your precious Doing Nothing Time.

Work is a necessary and very big part of life, but it’s a necessity that might detract from other areas of your life. The whole idea of “work-life balance” is that you work enough to sustain yourself, but not so much that it takes up all your time.

That’s not always realistic though, is it? Some people are working too many hours and are constantly either busy or exhausted. Others are unemployed or under-employed. Think of “work” and “life” as two separate pies to be shared between all of us – a lot of us are having a lot of one of the pies and barely any of the other. Surely everyone deserves their own piece of pie?

When you look at it that way, the solution seems pretty simple in concept, but not in execution. Why not re-distribute work hours among people to achieve a balanced spread?

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Instahire is one tool that may be able to make that a reality. In the hospitality industry, skilled staff do demanding work. Perhaps hard-working staff will feel more readily able to take some much needed R&R when they know that many other jobseekers are very willing and just waiting to step in and fill their shoes.

It stands to reason that when workers are offered more flexibility, they are more able to achieve a better work-life balance. The same goes for students whose work includes mandatory contact hours. They may face unemployment or underemployment because of the demands of studying. Instahire is a way to redistribute work hours that would otherwise go begging.

It’s a win for workers, and it’s a win for employers too. Employers need a certain number of staff for a certain number of hours each week, but with Instahire they can spread the burden far more easily than having to have a huge staff on hand and roster every single one of them. Give workers more choice and you give employers access to staff who are more enthusiastic, dedicated, and refreshed for work.

In basic terms, work-life balance isn’t something you can achieve on your own. No amount of prioritising or planning will do when you’re taking on a burden that might just be too big for one person. Hundreds of jobseekers are already signed up to Instahire and ready to make a difference for everyone.

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