What does “work-life balance” (WLB) mean to you? Please give specific examples or factors that you use to define your WLB self-concept and how you prioritize your WLB goals.
Answer the following from the view of a mechanical engineer that wants to be an VP of engineering one day while also have a good life and salary outside of work.
This next section will focus on the concept of Work-Life-Balance (WLB) and in particular the interplay between work engagement, stress, and changing priorities which are currently driving trends such as the ‘Great Resignation’. Here is a good article about the underlying causes and impacts of stress in the workplace Links to an external site. which came out pre-COVID, but has very useful suggestions for a more proactive approach toward establishing work-life-balance that are even more relevant today. Also, as part of this ‘re-set’ organizations are now having to rethink fundamental changes to their talent recruitment and retention strategies. Links to an external site.
In addition, generational divisions within the workplace have collapsed to a large extent and have added a more complex challenge for many people as they try to manage their careers while at the same time trying to achieve a functional work life balance. And given the predictions of a pending retirement crisis among Baby Boomers, this could further impact the cohort of working professionals who already find themselves part of the “Sandwich Generation” Links to an external site.
When considering career development, issues such as these are often not addressed until a work-life imbalance is experienced. As such, knowing the trends that are now shaping not only our career but the general satisfaction we have with that career is an important step towards being more effective in career decision making.
For this assignment, please complete the Work-Life Balance Survey located in the ‘Supplemental Material’ folder. You do not need to report the actual results. Instead, simply use the results as a guide when responding to the following:
1. What does “work-life balance” (WLB) mean to you? Please give specific examples or factors that you use to define your WLB self-concept and how you prioritize your WLB goals.
2. Consider the fit between your current work role and your life outside of work. Do you feel that there is sufficient balance? Please give some examples to illustrate your assessments.
3. In what ways does your current organization (or recent former organization) assist in maintaining a positive WLB? If there are no formal organizational support structures, then in what ways do you think WLB opportunities could be created?
4. Going forward, what specific steps (list at least 3) might you take to achieve or maintain a more positive WLB? **
Please do not simply list outcomes. What I expect to see here are specific action steps that you would take, and a brief discussion of how those steps would help to realize those outcomes.
Make the four questions broken out in seperate paragraphs.