Good organization recognize that a balance is needed between the demands of work, family and personal life. When workplaces value a healthy balance, employees have higher morale, less stress, burnout, and miss fewer days of work. This is a video created by Ottawa Public Health and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and adapted with permission from Mindful Employer Canada. (time - 3:43)

What can I do as an employee?

  • Define what a healthy balance means to you
  • Prioritize your responsibilities
  • Discuss with your supervisor about current demands at home
  • Discuss with your family about demands at work - could family members take on additional responsibilities at home?
  • Use your breaks to focus on personal wellness 
  • Don't forget the importance of sleep, hydration, nutrition, and physical activity
  • Utilize the wellness resources and supports that area available to you
  • Implement one thing that could improve your work/life balance in the next week

What can I do as a manager or supervisor?

  • Ensure that employees are taking meals, breaks and their vacation days
  • Lead by example - actions often speak louder than words
  • Avoid making everything "urgent"- be reasonable with timelines
  • When possible, allow for flexibility in accomplishing tasks
  • Be aware and promote wellness resources

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