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Work-Life Balance

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07 May 2014

You're probably beginning to hear the phrase 'work-life balance' more and more from those sitting around you in the office. With work hours becoming longer and technology readily available when you're on the move, employees are faced with the opportunity to check their e-mails and calls even after they have left the office for the day.

Amidst the recent string of UK Bank Holidays, I felt it was an apt time to write my first blog for Sellick Partnership. For the past three months, I have worked for the Newcastle office, speaking to many candidates who are either looking to move due to an excessive workload or to establish a better work-life balance.

It would be bold to assume people in the UK will be having a solid three days off every Bank Holiday and using them to relax - so perhaps the French Government have taken a step in the right direction for their workers.

France has brought in a new rule to stop employees checking their work emails after they finish at 6pm. I am unsure of how this would work in the UK, with businesses practically operating seven days a week - however, it will be interesting to see in the coming months how this will work for employees in France. The country established a 35 hour week in 1998, already ahead of the UK and many other countries. They seem to have a better judgement on peoples work-life balance.

The idea behind their shorter weeks does not cut the work load, but rather the idea of extra time off is meant to increase productivity and get better efficiency from employees.

If you find yourself worrying about your work-life balance, it might be time to look for a fresh start.

If you would like a confidential discussion regarding your current career, contact me on 0191 2618585 or e-mail kate.wilkinson@sellickpartnership.co.uk. Sellick Partnership currently running a Holiday Survey, if you can let us know about your work-life balance in this short survey and you could win a £50 Amazon voucher. Please CLICK HERE to access the survey which will take approximately two minutes to complete.

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