Top Industries for Achieving a Work-Life Balance
June 28 2019 , 0 Comments
Works is one of the most common stressors in our lives. And it’s no wonder, with modern technology so ingrained in everything we do in and outside the workplace, we often forget shut off and appreciate the time we have with our families and ourselves. In other words, we’re always connected. We work long hours. We answer emails at the dinner table. And worst of all, we carry all the stresses and frustrations home with us. But is this a result of our own ambition or is it just the status quo our job has created?
The sad truth is that there’s a culture of fear and silence around stress in the workplace. We don’t want to contest the working culture because it may hurt our chances of getting that promotion or that pay rise. People are so hyper-focused on career growth that they forget to leave time for themselves, and even more importantly for their mental health.
But the good news is that a job doesn’t have to be permanent. If you’re unhappy, you can make a change. More and more industries are adapting and putting a great emphasis on achieving that work-life balance. From paid sabbaticals to flexible working hours and the option to work from home, there are plenty of ways to adjust your working life for the betterment of your mental health.
Here are a few industries that will help you get started.
The Charity Sector
Nearly a third of UK workers feel they have a poor work-life balance. And what’s worse, is that 38% believe a bad day at in the office will directly impact their personal life. Not only is this jeopardising your happiness, but it often has a trickle-down effect on sleeping habits and physical wellbeing. Sound familiar? Now imagine how that might change if the work you were doing was all about making a difference in the world.
Research has found that giving has a positive impact on your physical and mental health (and can even help you live longer!). In fact, people working in the non-profit sector derive more life satisfaction than those who work for for-profit companies. And a lot of that comes from working towards a worthwhile mission. In other words, working for a charity can actually make you a much happier person.
That’s not to say that charities don’t have busy periods that may require you to stay late or work on weekends, but they’re more likely to offer part-time hours for people with other responsibilities (families, trusteeships, volunteer efforts). That means more time to spend on things that are important to you outside of the office.
According to a recent survey from CV-Library, 97.1% of education professionals believe that work-life balance is important and claimed it would affect their career decisions. Not surprisingly, this sector emerging as one of the best for achieving that personal and professional harmony.
First, it’s worth mentioning that not all jobs in higher education are academic. Roles range from clerical to professional to technical. If you’re working as an academic, your hours are likely to be a bit more sporadic, and you’ll have to spend a bit of time outside the classroom doing things like grading papers and planning lectures. But the flipside of that is that you benefit from term-time breaks, allowing you more time to go on holiday or focus on yourself.
Other roles in higher education benefit from reasonable hours, flexible working arrangement and job share opportunities. In general, staff usually receive ample leave and can take full advantage of on-site facilities like libraries and university gyms. Sounds pretty good, right?
IT & Technology
Now, when we say ‘IT’, we don’t mean a tech start up in Shoreditch. That’s a very rewarding, yet very high-stress environment because of the risk that inherently comes with a start-up lifestyle.
Rather, we want to focus on the sort of technology careers that offer more flexibility and creative freedom. The roles that stick to traditional 9-to-5 hours or even let you work on a freelance basis. According to FlexJobs, many tech roles, including data scientists, developers, and DevOps engineers, can offer remote working options, which is good for working parents and people with other pursuits outside the office.
The good news? IT roles exist in nearly every industry. Of course, some of these roles are after long hours and a lot more sacrifice in terms of personal life. But the trick is to find the right company and the right position that ticks all the boxes. In other words, you’re a bit spoilt for choice, granted you have the right skills and know-how.
Taking that next step
We’re aware that it’s not always easy to make a drastic career change. If you’ve been working as a banker for fifteen years, it probably doesn’t make sense for you to try to find a job in IT. But what it really comes down to is finding a flexible position that can benefit from all the skills and experience you’ve built over the years. Whether that means finding a transferable role in the charity sector or taking some time to develop new skills and explore an entirely new path, the choice is really up to you.
Ready to start exploring what else is out there? We say go for it. You’ll be much happier for it in the long-term, believe us.
This content was provided by CharityJob, the largest and most specialised job board for the charity and not-for-profit sector in the UK.