I have been working since the age of 5 (a long story……my parents had a small business that we were all expected to work in) and so I feel that I can talk with real life experience that if you’re not careful work can suck you in and spit you out, while life passes you by. I believe that ‘work life balance’ is becoming one of those phrases we are in danger of misunderstanding. We don’t stop living when we go to work and we don’t stop working when we live. Good work can and should contribute to a balanced life and vice versa.
It’s only 5 days until my confidential, online PhD survey closes. “So what? Why should I care?” you might ask. I could start by telling you about the personal side of this story. I have given up my full-time job to focus on and accelerate the research project. That’s how important I think it is and how committed I am to examine the experience of working from home since Covid-19 and how it’s affected our well-being. I want to make a difference.
I could continue by giving you the business reason why you should care. In my 2- year HR career , many so called ‘experts’ have sold me the next best thing in working practice, people development and engagement initiatives that they promised would revolutionise the world of work and realise the talent and potential of my colleagues. Not many were based on robust science and research; most were selling the ideas of others, dressed up as innovative new thinking. In my experience very few actually delivered on their promises.
The main reason I think you should care is that this affects you and your children. We live in the 21st century and as Barack Obama explained in his uplifting view of the world this is the best time in human history. As we move out of Covid-19, we have a wonderful opportunity to reshape the world of work and as a consequence the re-balance the way we live. I want to play a part in that, no matter how small, to contribute through my ‘unique and original contribution’ which is my PhD project.
You can play a part in the research by completing my survey which closes on Friday 11th December 2020. Thank you if you’ve already completed the survey, please ask your colleagues and friends who work in support of the UK energy sector and who have been working at home to complete it. In particular, I’m looking for participation from people who work in renewables, nuclear, electricity and gas utilities, academia, supply chain and government departments across the UK to take part.
The more we understand about the challenges of this evolving work environment, the greater our chances of getting the balance right in future.