Work plays an important role in every individual’s life. We work to earn and we earn to live. In this materialistic world, we need enough money to live our life in a better way. But some people just forget that they have a life outside their work life. Some workaholics have just become human robots, only earning money and forgetting that they have a personal life other than work. But on the other hand, there are people who just earn to live their lives happily.

Alas! Because of low pay for their work and to meet worldly needs, they run a lot, which eventually leads to a stressful work environment.

A stressful environment deteriorates not only the work quality but also leads to deterioration in the employee’s mental health. Most people are made to work even after their working hours in order to reach the so-called ‘deadline’. This puts even more pressure on employees. But on the contrary, they are not paid enough for burning their night lamps and there is no increase in their leave days too. Ultimately, we all work and earn to live a healthy life but this stress and imbalance in work-life makes it a ‘question mark’.

A healthy life does not only include our body’s physical health but also our mental health and social health. A balance between work and life is important for each and every person. Achieving this work-life balance is not only in the hands of the employees but employers, too. A balance in the number of working days and leave days can create a great impact on each and everyone’s life.

work-life balance

Mostly in a developing country like India, which has a large workforce, the corporate monsters feed their employees with money and for their benefits, they just pressurize the workload of two people on a single person and then get paid for one and a half or one-quarter person’s work. Ultimately, they meet these financial needs but on the other hand what about their mental health? they have to spend most of their earnings taking care of their health instead living a life they wish to live. But we completely can’t blame the corporations, too, for this is the individual’s decision too.

The four-day work week

Some European countries like Belgium, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the UK, and New Zealand have introduced a four-day work week where the number of working days is reduced to four days.

“Employers who are committed to providing environments that support work-life balance of their employees can save on costs, experience fewer cases of absenteeism, and enjoy a more loyal and productive workforce”, said Chris Chancey.

Studies show that this four-day work week has significantly improved the quality of work. Employers also say that they could work more effectively with four day work week and spend more time for themselves and for their family which makes them happy. They also feel that working in a less stressful environment helps them a lot with their mental peace.

When the European countries which have considerably less workforce than India can create a stressless environment for their employees, why can’t it be possible in India? This makes us think a lot about our country’s economy, population, and so on. Anyway, we’ll table these thoughts for now. Ultimately, through this piece of content what I try to conclude is that when the employees are happy they provide good work and this makes the employer happy. Work-life balance should be considered paramount.

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