masiello-blog-pic-9-20-16When most of us were little, we were taught to work hard, and good things would come to us. And for most of our early successes, this theory proved correct.

However, Society has somehow, ever so quickly morphed into the current faster-than-life scenario, with technology being mostly to blame. How much and how hard you work has become a bragging point of sorts, not how much time you spend on yourself or even with your family. Does this sound familiar?

Take these articles from The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal that point to a new obsession with working more and finding ways to squeeze in time in a busy day to accomplish things. We do not know about you, but some of us think 4 AM is only a magic hour when watching a sunrise or enjoying a deep, hard sleep.   Others are finding this pre-dawn time one of the only distraction free moments in their lives that they can do the things they need to do – mentally or literally.

So what’s the message?

Work/Life Balance. It is still important and is often based on your job and not your personality. If you love working long hours or just love to brag about working long hours, that is fine too. Some people like to stay out of trouble; work keeps them focused and goal oriented. However, for most, the work life and home life have started to merge. People feel guilty leaving work to go home to their family if the boss – or even the coworkers – stay late. They check emails at all waking hours – and some even on vacation and weekends or time off. It is a massive case of group think which usually just leads to more people working longer, ultimately burning out faster – and more frequently – than they should.

However, it is clearly part of our American work culture, and we need to learn to recognize when it is just too much. Temps and hourly workers often have a set number of hours per week, but work longer, gratis, to get their tasks completed so as not to look bad (or make their managers look bad).

So take a break, use your vacation, and plan time away from work regularly (when possible) – set aside two workdays a week to drop a hard stop at 5 PM (or whatever time your typical workday ends.) Take a scheduled class or meet with a friend at the gym to ensure you do not find yourself night after night in the office or on the job. Find a daily excuse to leave, and stick to it. Put the phone down when you are with family or friends, or just turn off the work email. Develop a work-life balance that fits your lifestyle, and if you are in a role that fights you to the core on this concept of having your life, your way –  then it is time for a change!

So if you find yourself in a situation where you cannot improve your work/life balance, let our recruiters at Masiello Employment keep an eye out for new positions that may better complement your lifestyle.  Make both your skill requirements and your work life balance requirements known in your conversations with us so that our recruiters know what is important to you – and what isn’t, and can work to find the best possible fit for you and your future employer.