The Importance of Work Life Balance
When it comes to entering the Information and Technology industry, work life balance can vary depending on the type of company or the time of the week. Some days can be extremely stressful and others completely stress-free. Particularly there’s extended pressure when it comes to meeting assignment deadlines and that usually tends to drive some software engineers, developers and Q/As insane. But, for the most part, the tech industry has a well-proportioned work life balance.
The work life balance for my current job as a software engineer is amazing. I have a flexible schedule. This is a major key for me because I’m not an early bird type of person. I can come in at any time between 6am-11am and leave whenever I want as long as I put in 8 hours. I can also work remotely from home, which is clutch!!! That’s another perk that technology has enabled us to do in this generation. So I completely take advantage of that and work from home twice a week. I get 9 paid holidays and 15 PTO(Paid Time Off) days. I plan vacation mostly around holidays to reserve my PTO hours because my company pays out any unused time at the end of the year. If I have a doctors appointment scheduled in the middle of the day, I can just notify my program manager or tech lead in advance without causing any problems.The dress code is very relaxed with a mixture of business casual and jeans with sneakers type of atmosphere.
Good benefits are really priceless, it promotes an environment where employees can work more productively. When companies invest in their employees like this, employees tend to work better because they know they are appreciated. People work harder when they’re motivated and have a passion for what they do. If the work life balance is great, you will attract great employees in turn who will stay longer and produce great services and products for the company.
Most young millennials entering the workforce typically don’t have as many responsibilities in comparison to their older peers. We’re told to hustle as much as we can in our 20’s because we don’t have mortgages and families to care of etc… Plus, we’re sort of used to a hectic schedule because of the college lifestyle anyway right? Getting through a full semester while working a job or two and still finding time to party and socialize around campus.
That’s all cool when you’re young, energetic and full of life. As you grow older and start to realize you don’t have as much energy as you once did. You feel exhausted after going out to parties on back to back nights. Your priorities start to shift and maybe you want to spend more time with family or your girlfriend/boyfriend or whatever it is you love doing as a hobby. This is when you start to realize that time is so valuable. Who wants to work every day if they don’t even have the time to enjoy the simple things in life? Like taking your wife for a walk in the park. Watching your son at a basketball game. Taking your daughter to ballet practice.
I think we get so caught up in our careers and work work work to a point where we lose what really matters in life. I understand we have to work to make a living and pay bills but who are you outside of work? What do you really enjoy doing for fun? Don’t wait until retirement to start enjoying life, do it now. I think we all have to find that balance so we don’t get too stressed.
You can’t put a price on the relationships you build and memories you share with people. These are just some things I want people to look out for whenever they’re applying for their next job. Your mental state is the most important thing in the world and no job is above your life. You don’t want to be 60 years old and talk about how you wished you could’ve been there for more moments in your family’s lives. At that point, it would be too late. You can always make money, but time is something that you will never get back.