This week, 3rd to 7th October, is National Work Life Week. Run by the Working Families charity, the event is an opportunity for employers and employees to focus on their work-life balance.
The charity’s research shows that many parents are regularly working far longer than their contracted hours. Using the hashtag #timetorebalance, the week is an opportunity to open up discussions about well-being at both work and home. Wednesday 5th October has been designated as ‘Go home on time day’, with employees and business owners invited to finish work on time and spend quality time with their families.
Work-life balance and flexible working is something we feel very strongly about here at Get Ahead VA. Our business was initially founded by Rebecca Newenham, who was looking for a flexible, family friendly work solution. Six years later our Get Ahead VA team now comprises nearly 30 virtual assistants. Many of them are also mothers who have decades of experience in their field, be it marketing, PR, social media, administration, event management and others. They all benefit from flexible working which allows them to complete challenging and interesting work from home and around the demands of their families.
Our commitment to flexible working has been recognised, with Get Ahead VA winning the Flexible Business of the Year at the MumandWorking awards in 2014. We have now been selected as a finalist for three years running, as the judges continue to be impressed by our modern, family friendly approach to employment.
Our clients benefit from this flexible working too. They are able to buy in specialist skills on an hourly, project or ongoing basis. In return we aim to give them their work-life balance back. We take on the tasks they don’t have the time to do, don’t have the skills to do, or simply don’t want to do. We enable them to get back to what they do best, running their businesses.
These are three of our top tips for achieving a better work-life balance:
- Be honest. Be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t deliver, given the time and resources you have available. Don’t try and be a superhero. Be honest with your employer or your clients. They are human too and sometimes sharing information, perhaps about the demands of home can help them understand and support you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help – be it from your employer, your staff, your family or an external agency. The same tasks can still get done, but you might be able to find a better way of doing them that works for everybody.
- Try to have technology free time and time off. In this digital age it can be so hard but try and switch your phone off or don’t respond to work emails after hours. You need the rest and downtime in order to be able to return to work or your business refreshed. You also need to think about the image it portrays if you are sending emails at nearly midnight. You might think it shows commitment but others may think it shows you are inefficient and need to rebalance.
At Get Ahead VA we provide a nationwide virtual assistant service with the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses need in the 21st century, digital economy.
We help our clients rebalance their lives on both a business and personal level.
To find out more about how we can help please get in touch on 01483 332220 or visit www.getaheadva.com.
We pride ourselves on being the staff our clients don’t see, but the difference they do.