“People who really enjoy work don’t mind if it spills into home time, as long as it doesn’t impact on home negatively,” Fraser said. “The key message is, do you find work enjoyable? Work out what ‘balance’ means for you, and how you can minimise work interference by setting realistic boundaries.”
- Support networks
A lack of support naturally leads to stress – but the researchers’ findings suggest that HR is better-equipped to work well in the face of this issue.
Across the board, HR professionals said they severely lacked resources, which led to HR managers performing operational work as well as a high percentage of advisory work.
According to Fraser, organisations need to remember the importance of asking: “who is looking after HR?”
“The nature of HR often means that you are supporting others and rarely looking after yourself,” he said. “In a way, it seems that [HR] has no one they can turn to and offload.”
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