Overview

Quick Takeaways

  • Manage your time in the most effective way for you
  • Take time for yourself
  • Work-life balance
  • Avoid burnout
  • Remain flexible

Source: The Healthy Workplace (Training Journal, Mar. 1, 2019) E

Who needs a life? You do. When you’re juggling showings, listing presentations, budgeting for your business, late-night phone calls from clients, marketing campaigns, and so much more, it can feel like you only have time for work. Have you ever considered seriously what your time is worth?  

Many workers have found a balance in flexibility while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employees have been found to work more hours, but employer fears that productivity would drop have proven false. A hybrid of remote and office work schedules could lead to better work/life balance. Discover multiple strategies for achieving balance at work and at home.

Learn about effective work habits that real estate pros use to ensure they don’t get burn out and have time for a personal life.

Some real estate pros block out time for quick, frequent breaks to meditate or get some fresh air, while others have a strict cutoff time every night when they stop responding to calls, texts, and emails. However you choose to balance your work and life, learn how you can set up systems to help meet clients’ needs and your own.

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References

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Impact of COVID-19 on Work/Life Balance

A Post-Pandemic Shift in Work/Life Balance (HR Daily Advisor, May 17, 2021)

“Many employees who appreciate the lack of commuting are drawing a hard line on retaining schedule flexibility associated with working from home,” says Stanton. “If they are required to go back to the office full-time without a hybrid option, some employees may be looking for opportunities elsewhere, leading to attrition and possible loss of valued talent.”

Work-Life Balance in a Pandemic: A Public Health Issue We Cannot Ignore (The Conversation, Feb. 26, 2021)

Before the pandemic, a common objection to remote working was the suspicion that staff would disengage and productivity levels would drop. But recent evidence suggests the opposite is true – working from home effectively means working more. In the UK, for example, many employees are reportedly putting in an extra two hours a day. It’s even longer in the US.

An Exploration of Work-Life Wellness and Remote Work During and Beyond COVID-19 (Canadian Journal of Career Development, 2021)

The literature indicates that the work-life well-ness of remote workers could be influenced by lack of organization-al supports during the transition to remote work, combined with COVID-19 related stress. Beyond the pandemic, organizations and employees will need support to find suitable remote work plans.

Impact of Work/Life Balance

To See How a City Embraces Remote Work, Look to Helsinki (City Metric, Jul. 19, 2021)

“The adjustment to remote work, if continued after the crisis, offers a chance to improve companies’ geographical diversity and for employers to demonstrate trust in their workforce.”

The Impact Of A Hybrid Work Environment On Real Estate (Forbes, Jul. 19, 2021)

Whether you end up working from home, the office or a mix of both, office spaces will continue to exist and welcome those who value bouncing ideas around, brainstorming and working alongside their peers. The most positive note I can highlight is that employees will now have more options to manage how, when and where they chose to be most productive.

The Impact of Work-Life Balance on Job Engagement and Turnover Intention (South East Asian Journal of Management, Apr. 30, 2019) E

“…a proper balance between work and life demands is an antecedent for employee engagement, be-cause factors of employers, such as caring about employees, placing employees’ interests first and flexibility are predictors of employee engagement. Therefore, balancing one role will benefit the other role.”

The Importance of Striking the Right Work-Life Balance (Entrepreneur, Oct. 17, 2018)

  • It affects your health
  • Long hours don’t make a difference
  • Your personal relationships are at risk

Strategies for Achieving Balance

How Saying 'Yes' And 'No' Could Revolutionize Your Work/Life Balance (World Economic Forum, Jun. 6, 2021)

The key to this alternative approach is to prioritize and learn to say “no” in order to be able to say “yes” when it matters most. Also key is to manage expectations by being clear about what the priorities are.

Finding the Right Work-Life Balance When Working Remotely (Insurance Journal, Apr. 5, 2021) E

Be flexible, set a hard stop time each day, set up “away” and “snooze” capabilities, take time off, and focus on things that really matter.

What Do Today’s Employees Want? Balance and Benefits, for Starters (Corridor Business Journal, Apr. 29-May 5, 2019) E

Perks that attract employees looking for work life balance, as well as differences between generational preferences.

Promoting a Balanced Life (Fast Company, May 1, 2019) E

Promoting the four-day workweek as a strategy to achieve lower levels of stress, higher levels of job satisfaction, and a greater sense of work life balance.

5 Ways to Leave Your Work Stress at Work (Harvard Business Review, Mar. 22, 2019)

  • Communicate appropriately
  • Transition before you get home
  • Find a confidant
  • Set a day aside
  • Gratitude

eBooks & Other Resources

The following eBooks and audiobooks are available to NAR members and association staff:

Balance your Life and Work (eBook)

Finding Work-Life Balance (eBook)

Find Your Work-Life Balance (eBook)

Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life (Audiobook)

The Myth of Work-Life Balance (eBook)

Work–Life Balance (eBook)

Work / Life Balance For Dummies (eBook)


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