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The effects of a poor work-life balance on a person

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

There are many lifestyle factors and personal behaviours that can affect a person's health and well-being. One of these lifestyle factors is a work-life balance and how, if a person has a poor work-life balance, this can impact a person's physical, social and emotional health.


What does it mean to have work-life balance?

Having a work-life balance means that you spend just the right amount of time on work and just enough time on yourself and your family, when not at work.

Why would a person have a poor work-life balance?

There are many reasons why a person may have a poor work-life balance.

  • They may have their working hours increased and so are spending more time at work.

  • They may have poor time management skills and so can never seem to get on top of the workload.

  • They may take work home to do or finish because they are getting pressure from management to meet deadlines and this can take up more time outside of working hours.

How does having a poor work/life balance affect a person's physical, social and emotional health?

Impact on Physical Health

If a person has a poor work-life balance they could experience ongoing illnesses because they are stressed and are not getting the appropriate rest away from work. They may work long hours and end up suffering from physical and mental exhaustion.

Impact on Social Health

If a person has a poor work-life balance they could experience social problems. They may work long hours and miss important family events. They may focus too much time on their career and find it difficult to nurture or maintain relationships. They may choose to work in place of spending time with their family and this could lead to family relationships breaking down and the person being left on their own.

Impact on Emotional Health

If a person has a poor work-life balance they could experience feelings of guilt which can lead to anxiety and mental health problems. They may be working so many hours that they start to develop low levels of job satisfaction and begin to develop a feeling of low self-worth and low self-esteem. They may feel stressed and angered when they miss important family events which could lead to feeling 'left-out'.




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