IBSA for Women: Work life balance29 September 2023
The question is as simple as its answer is difficult: can a healthy balance between work and private life be found? If yes, how? The harmony between personal life and work – better known as work-life balance – requires a daily commitment which for women seems to be much more burdensome than that of their male peers. The plethora of activities that a woman has to face on a daily basis can indeed amount to a “double day”, that is, the day lived full time while performing a job or a professional activity and that dedicated to domestic and family responsibilities, as well as – not be overlooked – to personal errands.
This is not just a matter of efficiency and productivity. This precarious balance, if not managed properly, can lead to stress and burnout. It is therefore essential to learn how to balance the demands of work and the needs of personal life, in order to preserve health and well-being. But what is the path to follow to implement an effective strategy? Where should one start from? The first step is to understand how to distribute the burdens of the activities that are part of everyday life, to become aware of the actions that, individually, can be implemented and, finally, to be confident that there are companies that are very attentive to the quality of life of their collaborators; companies capable of carrying out tangible projects and giving factual answers to a relevant issue like this.
IBSA Italy has implemented the IBSA for Women project, aimed at enhancing and supporting a new “work dimension”, in which the critical role of all its female collaborators emerges, both on a professional and on a personal and social level. To this end, the company listened directly to the voices of women – with different corporate professional profiles, different ages and different personal paths – collecting ideas, insights, desires, needs and thoughts on this issue.
FLEXIBILITY AT THE CENTRE OF THE PROCESS
One fact emerges clearly: awareness definitively exists. There is the belief that a well-balanced person – untroubled by the fear of not being able to do everything – can approach and experience the working domain with more serenity and efficiency; that she can dedicate more time to personal and family activities and reconvert all this into positive energy, which ends up directly reflecting on her professional and relational life and, more generally, on her performance. The ideas and suggestions emerged from the interviews, in fact, highlight how it’s easier to achieve a good work-life balance in a company that implements concrete listening/action paths. Finding such balance requires effort, planning and joint work (company/collaborator), but the benefits in terms of health, well-being and goals achieved are definitely worth it. Women should feel free to pursue a successful career without sacrificing their personal life, and work-life balance is key to doing so successfully.