Work-life balance is the core component of a happy and healthy life. We all agree to that, don’t we? But, it’s easier said than done. With corporate culture creeping in, extended work hours to meet the fierce deadlines and workers available round the clock thanks to technology, maintaining that ideal work-life balance seems almost impossible.
While it’s equally important for both men and women, working women find it extremely tough to maintain a sound balance between their professional and personal life. In fact, McKinsey says that working women are working 5 times more than men.
How to attain the right work-life balance? Unilever Pakistan is aiming to solve this issue with its latest initiative.
Presenting HEROES, a Platform for Working Women
HEROES is a mentoring platform geared towards working women, who want to ensure a good professional career and a personal life. Unilever Pakistan’s HEROES helps you do exactly that. You can get guidance from experts and mentors who are willing to help you fight your fears and overcome your challenges in your journey to achieving a perfect work-life balance.
Work Life Balance
Here are five tips to beat stress and achieve work-life balance:
- Keep Your Mind Focused – Even if you have notoriously long working hours, you can keep your work and personal life separate. If your mind is distracted – thinking about work when with family or planning for a dinner when at work – you are neither here nor there. Rather, keep yourself focused be it at work or with family! If you’re working, do it with all your heart; find ways to make it more fun and think on how to do it more creatively. Stay away from social media at work, organize your workplace, prioritize the tasks and maintain a strict personal policy.
- FIND a Mentor who helps you to succeed – It is okay to ask for help and talking to someone who understands can often make all the difference in the world. Reach out to those who are in your shoes or have faced similar challenges and successfully overcome them – remember that you are not alone and you don’t have to do it all on your own. You can look towards a colleague, friend or teacher to help you or find helpful advice from corporate HEROES
- Overexerting isn’t Always Helpful – You might be a perfectionist, and it’s good to be that way. However, with growing workload and busy personal life, perfectionism can hurt the work-life balance. You need to let-go of this tendency on some occasions to enjoy a happy life otherwise it may prove detrimental in the longer run. Do your best for your company but don’t get too engulfed in the state of affairs to forget your dinner or your picnic with kids.
- Accept the Exceptions Get Back on Track – In a world of fierce competition, the work-life balance is bound to tilt one way or the other every now and then. Instead of crumbling under the pressure, you need to calm down and accept the way things are. Do not let the pressure get the better of you rather see off the rough patch. Set small goals and stick to plans if you are to achieve work–life balance again.
- Learn to Manage Changes – Change is the only constant, isn’t it? Do not allow the changes at work or home overwhelm you. Adapt to the changes without letting them defeat you if you want to have a normal life at home as well as at work. Lost someone dear to you? Keep in mind that time is the best healer and there’s nothing you can do to bring him or her back. Try not to fall apart and follow your routine. The busier you are the better it is for you to move forward. Go out, meet with friends, take your kids to amusement parks and do whatever else that might help alleviate the pain.
- Keep Track – Finding a perfect balance can be quite challenging, but not so much if you know what’s wrong in the first place. That can be done by keeping track of your daily activities like sitting with your parents, taking out kids for a walk, weekly and monthly progress at work. Find out where you were lagging and improve on it, try to replicate the good things you did or even try to do them better. Talk to a mentor and get expert opinion on your routine matters. IT REALLY HELPS!
Love These Tips? Tune in Live to HEROES Live Session on Facebook for More
Working women can now listen to mentors and interact with them via a Facebook live session arranged by HEROES. First up, Shazia Syed, CEO of Unilever Pakistan, will be sharing her expert opinion on the subject as well as her own experiences while answering the questions related to work-life balance.
Don’t forget to catch the HEROES Facebook Session Live at 7.00 pm on July 10, 2018 and get your queries answered by none other than Shazia Syed.
About Shazia Syed
Shazia Syed is the Chief Executive Officer, Chairperson of Unilever Pakistan Limited, CEO of Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited, and former CEO of Unilever Sri Lanka Limited. She’s also a mother of two children.
Shazia has always believed in ‘simplification of things’ while doing her best empower women – HEROES is a similar link in the chain which helps women find mentors to address their work-life problems and raise awareness on the issues women routinely.
She is an active advocate of diversity and believes that enabling and facilitating working women from all background across all sectors should be every leader’s top priority.