Our lives are made up of many dimensions, all of which require time and attention. It is very common to struggle with managing life’s competing demands. This issue has become known as work-life balance, and revolves around “a concern about the negative impact, symbolised by long working hours, on the workload of life”.
Occupational wellness is one of the largest contributors to overall health and wellbeing, considering we spend approximately 90,000 hours at our workplaces over a lifetime. Given that 80% of Americans report being dissatisfied with their workplace, occupational wellness is clearly a salient issue for a large number of people today.
When work cuts into our personal and family time, our own wellness and the wellness of those around us suffers profoundly. According to The Harvard Review, “research has in fact shown that employees who believe they do not have time for their personal life feel drained and distracted while they are at work. In addition, the spill over of negative aspect of work into an employee’s personal life can lead to job exhaustion, disruption of relationships with family and friends, loss of enjoyment, and increased stress”.
Work-life balance is just one of the factors that comprise occupational wellness. Another is the stress that we experience while at work. As our previous blog post on emotional wellness highlighted, stress is anything that disturbs our mental or physical equilibrium. At the workplace, stress arises when the demands of our job exceeds our capacity to cope. This can have a significant impact on our overall health and wellbeing, as stress affects our body both mentally and physically.
Stress also costs businesses – it is estimated that workplace stress cost Australian businesses over $10 billion last year, either in lost productivity, paid sick leave, or retraining for a new job after an employee resigns.
The Banyans offers a perfect atmosphere to evaluate your occupational wellness. All guests will experience our digital detox program, which gives guests the space and time that is required to detach from their workplace and restore balance to their lives. Our expert team provides access to Addiction Medicine Specialists, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Allied Health and Wellness Coaches, all of whom can support our guests to evaluate the impact of their workplace on their personal lives, and to develop strategies to restore what has been lost. Each guest has a personalized plan developed for them to help them break through the barriers that are holding them back from living life to their fullest potential.