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Prioritize Quality Of Life

“The lack of challenge, meaning, and purpose would be suffocating. Human beings thrive on being productive, on working toward goals, on providing for their families, on building a future—just don’t ask them to do it all the time and without the freedom to say, Now, I need time for me”.  – Ricardo Semler

In a Nutshell

Most people, working in conventionally managed organizations, tend to ignore the imbalances in their personal and professional lives until the moment something goes wrong. It’s a highly reactionary attitude that leads to high-strung situations, deep regrets and a drained return to the workforce.

Research invariably shows that people who are unable to dedicate enough time for their personal lives tend to be employees who are physically present, yet mentally absent. And it works both ways: People who work in high stress environments often find all that negativity reflecting on their personal lives, disrupting their familial and social relationships.

Which explains why quality of life is often thought of as an elusive ideal that people and organizations are constantly striving towards. But what is it really? Is it the superficial motifs, such as gaming stations, sleeping pods and beer kegs at work, that pop culture has embraced with such ferocity? Or, is it the deep-rooted belief that your company and colleagues will be empathetic when your personal life throws a curveball at you?

It all boils down to treating others the same way you’d like to be treated in a given situation. It requires flexibility, empathy, trust and commitment to understand and accept that sometimes people need to take some time off or switch to a different routine. And that quality of life isn’t a measurable metric but an ephemeral state of mind, which is sometimes derived out of actions that have no definitive agenda or profit making capacity.





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