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Optimizing Your Work/Life Balance

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Workplace stress will remain a reality of modern business for the foreseeable future, but there are strategies to consider when evaluating how best to anticipate and manage work-related pressures.
The possibility of employee burnout can threaten productivity. This impact examines strategies for balancing workloads.
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For working professionals, keeping up with the competing demands of office and home takes more than good time-management skills. It requires an ability to prioritize and set a healthy work/life balance. This Challenge Series exercise explores the ways that work/life balance can be created to minimize stress and maximize productivity.
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Do you fill your life with many activities and then find it's tricky getting a good balance between them? Getting the balance right can provide you with tremendous payback, but where does this balance lie? You want to feel fulfilled and in harmony with yourself and your world. You know finding a balance is good for you, and also impacts positively on your family, friends, and coworkers. This course highlights techniques you can use to analyze your current level of balance between work and life responsibilities. It covers ways to assess your current work/life balance and overcome internal and external obstacles to achieving balance. Only through properly understanding where you are, in relation to where you want to be, can you begin to construct a map that will take you to your objective of a balanced, fulfilled life. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.
  • recognize key elements to analyze in order to keep your work/life balance under control
  • identify the main elements of a technique to effectively balance the demands of your work with your private life
  • overcome an external obstacle in a given scenario
You have the knowledge to assess current work/life balance and overcome internal and external obstacles to achieving balance. You know where you are and where you want to be, but now what? How do you achieve and maintain that balance? How will it be affected by external factors and behaviors? This course will focus on techniques for maintaining work/life balance. It includes recognizing the behaviors of passiveness, aggressiveness, and assertiveness and how those affect a person's ability to find balance in life. Techniques that can be used to achieve and preserve balance are also discussed. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.
  • recognize examples of ways you can simplify your life
  • identify appropriate responses to excessive demands by assertively setting limits in a given scenario
  • recognize how to reframe a situation
In 'Occupational Stress,' Stephen Palmer wrote 'Stress is the psychological, physiological and behavioral response by an individual when they perceive a lack of equilibrium between the demands placed upon them and their ability to meet those demands, which, over a period of time, leads to ill-health.' Are you constantly adding items to your to-do list and it seems like your list never shrinks? Are you feeling overwhelmed at work and at home? Are you afraid that stress is starting to negatively impact your health and relationships? Stress is produced by your own feelings and reactions to certain external events, rather than by the events themselves. And while you may not always be able to control the external events that are causing you stress, you can control your reactions to them and how you handle them. This course will explain how the signs and symptoms of stress could be of physiological, behavioral, and psychological nature and where these stresses can come from. This course reviews strategies for coping with stress and avoiding burnout. The course also covers how you can positively change your responses to stress once you are able to recognize how you respond to stressful situations. Relaxation techniques such as breathing and mediation are also covered. Materials designed to support blended learning activities aligned with this course are available from the Resources Page.
  • recognize key concepts about how stress manifests itself in your life
  • identify the main characteristics and symptoms of burnout
  • recognize examples of actions and strategies to cope with stress and prevent full-blown burnout
  • use the ABC model to manage your reaction to a stressful situation and challenge irrational thoughts
  • sequence examples of the steps of the ABC model used to better manage your reaction to stressful events
Brackens East Seafood, Inc. is a wholesale seafood distributor that's serviced the food industry for over thirty years. Its customers include restaurants, grocery stores, and institutional cafeterias. You're the company's webmaster responsible for maintaining and updating its B2B web site. As a majority of customers now use the site to place orders, it's crucial for it to operate smoothly and reliably at all times. Recently a member of your team, Senior Corporate Marketing Manager Geoffrey Dent, left the company. Your boss, Gwen Phillips, has not hired a replacement. Instead, she's asked you to assume many of Geoff's former responsibilities. As a result, your workload is very heavy and you're finding your job increasingly stressful. Your personal life is also stressful due to an elder care issue. Your mother, who has numerous health problems, relies on you to take her to medical appointments. Balancing this responsibility with your professional ones has become very difficult. This simulation is based on the SkillSoft series "Optimizing Your Work/Life Balance" and contains links to the following courses: pd_06_a01_bs_enus, pd_06_a02_bs_enus, and pd_06_a03_bs_enus.
  • Balancing Your Responsibilities Simulation
    • being assertive with difficult people.
    • overcoming external obstacles to a balanced life.
      • overcoming external obstacles to a balanced life.
    • delegating effectively.
      • delegating effectively.
    • communicating assertively to set your limits.
      • communicating assertively to set your limits.

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