One of the major issues facing the working man in the twenty first century is how does he obtain a satisfying work life balance. Most of the research into work life balance has predominately focused on women but it also is a critical and significant issue for men.
The desire to engage more fully in their personal and family life has met with incompatible professional and career expectations. Although there is strong desire to become more involved in day to day family life, the role of financial provider finds many family men working longer hours than men without children. The conflict between professional and personal responsibilities may lead to some men feeling a sense of role overload or stress. Role overload can lead to increased dissatisfaction between couples.
Many men have been socialized to maintain autonomous, action-oriented, self-regulated and achievement-based identities. They may struggle with relationships and nurturing responsibilities. These men may believe they have more control over the world than they really do and are often poorly equipped to manage life’s unforeseen challenges.
Achieving a satisfactory work life balance has been associated with a more positive attitude and increased work performance. Men who work in companies that place an emphasis on life work balance report a greater career satisfaction and greater satisfaction with friends and community commitment.
It’s important for men to acknowledge that a healthy work life balance is not only for women but also for men. Planning to achiever a healthier work life balance can increase life expectancy and reduce stress.
Christopher Swane - Counselling And Psychotherapy For Men - Wellington New Zealand