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Finding the joy in a recent work road trip

Holiday equation

I’m trying to be a little big bang with the title, the thought is what is the benefit of a holiday and how long does the benefit last on your return? I am not sure of the scientific equation but it could be:

length of break x distance from work place - pending emails/issues on return = long term benefit

I have just returned from a short break, which was great, and had the benefit of getting out of the office, leaving all work technology behind and having a break. It was a pretty full on break with lots of sight seeing and exploring, not wasting a minute. Luckily I took an extra day as our return flight had a six hour delay. I came back tired but happy.

I am in a role were things carry on when your away. I cant really delegate too much and if you do it only really means you get an update of what’s happened whilst you have been away. I though for this trip I got back lightly, only 160 plus emails, 14 missed calls, a few txt messages and no major staff issues. Its taken a day or so to catch up and there are no major emergencies to manage. This hasn’t always been the case. The benefit of the holiday will at least last ‘til the weekend.

Yes there are benefits from taking a break from work and people should have a period of rest and recuperation - I am just not good at it. The question is how many roles actually allow you to have a break in this way. Is this a modern issue now that we have holidays? Is it more challenging in different roles and industries or is it a personality thing? - I have never been good with down time :)

Men Need Bromance, and an App, to Stay Healthy

Good discussion around the need for men to keep male friends and time to hang with their mates to keep healthy. So much so there is even an app for it!

International Day of Families 2012 

From - Kim Higginson, Information Officer, Mental Health Foundation 

Ensuring work family balance is the theme for International Day of Families 2012.

The promotional material highlights the personal impact, but primarily the impact on families of long working hours, and advocates for family orientated policies and programmes that promote good work-life balance. Organisers put forth four policy recommendations to make work-life balance easier to achieve: availability of parental leave, gender equality & the role of men in families, flexible working arrangements, and quality childcare.

The NZ Families Commission has recently produced a snapshot publication looking at families and work, noting that many with commitments struggle to spend quality time together, and it echoes the recommendations made by the United Nations.

To keep tabs on your own work-life equation Careers NZ has a work-life balance information and quiz on its website and, for employers, the Department of Labour has a best practice toolkit.
TED Talks Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. At TEDxSydney, Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

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