National Work Life Week

National Work Life Week is an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on wellbeing at work and work-life balance. Employers can use the week to provide activities for staff and to showcase their flexible working policies and practices.
“Going for regular walks and swims helps me to relax, clear my mind and come back feeling ready for a good day at work.” - Nicola, CEO

The campaign made us think about the steps we take at Young K&C to ensure we have a good work-life balance. At Young K&C, we want to make sure that we can focus on our work to help the amazing organisations in Kensington and Chelsea. We do this by setting time for our families, taking breaks from work and following our passions. This ensures we don’t feel overworked and stressed but rather energised and focused on the day to come.

“Spending time with my friends and family allows me to fully enjoy myself. When I return to work I can give my all to our members” - Niamh, Marketing and Communications Manager

Here are a few of our top tips on maintaining a healthy work-life balance:

  • Set work hours and stick to them: It often feels like there is no time off when working in a voluntary sector organisation but it’s important to remember to prioritise your time as well. Setting work hours allows you to focus on your work but also gives you dedicated time to relax and decompress after a long day.
  • Be realistic: There will be times when a lot is going on at work, there will also be a time when a lot is happening at home. Managing the expectations of your time means you don’t overwork yourself and can prioritise what needs to be done.
  • Do what you love: It can be easier said than done. We’ve found that making time for our hobbies or passions fuels us with energy and excitement! Once you have spent that time doing what you love, you will be able to return to work calmer and focused.
  • Take your own advice: How many times have you told a colleague or friend to take a break? You know how important it is for your colleagues to re-energise themselves and it’s important we treat ourselves with the same care. Look after yourself the same way you want to look after your colleagues and loved ones.

“Cycling or walking on the school run each morning, always helps me to feel energised, focused and ready for tasks at hand.”- Anita, Fundraising and Development Manager.

Finding a work-life balance might take some trial and error, but the payoff will be incredible. Once you’ve figured out the techniques that work for you, it will benefit you, your loved ones and your work.

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