Personal Life

Personal life includes time spent with family members, friends and relatives OR on health, vacations, entertainment, hobbies, etc. Over a period, time spent on personal life is reducing, which is impacting the manpower’s inter-personal issues with family and nears & dears alongwith creating health and emotional issues. There are increasing medical cases of depression, heart attacks, etc.

High blood pressure (BP) and sugar although related to persistent tensions in the mind, have been accepted as hereditary and normal !!!

While time spent with the organisation gives the money, reputation, professional achievements, etc., the personal life of a person gives enjoyment of money, relaxation from targets, self realisation, etc.

Importance of Personal Life

    • Definition of Happiness
        • Money can’t give all happiness. If this would have been the truth, then, all the kings and rich persons would be the happiest persons;
        • High reputation also can’t give all happiness; otherwise, all movie stars would be the happiest persons.
    • Man vs. Machine and Emotions
        • A person can’t spend 24 hours in a day without a sleep for all 365 days against his / her biological system → Machines are designed for such purpose → But, humans are not machines; they have brains; they have emotions;
        • Can we afford to create emotion-less society? → How it would look like? → whether we would like to live in such a society.
    • Results of poor personal life
        • Regular confrontation in the family due to less time spending → psychological impact on children especially → disturbed future citizens;
        • Ignored spouses and parents (senior citizens) → depression and health issues in their lives;
        • Poor personal health due to
            • Irregular foods;
            • Junk foods;
            • Foods not consumed with proper chewing;
            • No exercise or work-out regime.
        • Constant high work pressure → sleep disorders, high BP, sugar, heart attack, depression, acidity, etc.;
        • Poor concentration both at work-place and other places → loss of productivity → committing more errors;
        • Frequent fighting at work-places due to irritations developing in character and loss of patience.
    • Personal life
        • Personal life creates balance in the life of a person;
        • Person enjoys what he / she earns at the work-place;
        • Person recoups from work-pressure;
        • Sleep time is important to rejuvenate entire body cells;
        • Human body is also a machine, which requires maintenance in the shape of exercise;
        • Food eaten under stress conditions doesn’t digest and creates acidity, obese, etc. and related health issues; vice-versa is true for food consumed in happier moments;
        • Family and Friends are support pillars to take care of emotions of a person → it is said that behind a successful person, his wife stands; but that wife also expects quality time from her husband.
    • Conclusion
        • Life without personal life is mechanical life and leads to emotionless workaholics.

Organisational expectations vis-à-vis Personal life

    • Expectations
        • Goal: Customer service is important (Question: Why the same required beyond office working hours unless critically important?);
        • Goal: Increase workers’ productivity (Question: Whether productivity increases with long hours of working?);
        • Goal: Increase targets every year (Question: Whether targets have been achieved in normal way of working? Whether in ethical manner? Whether some of manual operations can be automated to release the pressure on manpower? Whether targets are to be achieved at the cost of human life / family life?)
    • Further Questions to be answered
        • Do we care about our manpower which is an important pillar in building the organisation?
        • What kind of organisations we want to create – organisation where people come and enjoy while creating new milestones OR where they crib all the times and targets never met?
        • Do we owe to the society which has created wealth in our organisation?

Desirable practices

    • Overall Framework
        • De-stress the employee so that he / she can spend quality happier time at work-place
        • Improving concentration of working → better productivity.
    • Fixed hours of working
        • Keep fixed hours of working (i.e. work during fixed hours only);
        • Extra hours only in exceptional and critical times.
    • Work from home
        • Explore ‘work from home’ providing flexibility to employees while organisational targets are not overlooked when working from homes.
    • Mandatory break
        • Enforce mandatory break / rest time / recreational activity during long hours of working
    • Health check-up
        • Mandatory health check-up of a person alongwith close family members regularly;
        • Diagnose diseases at early stage;
        • Providing adequate group medical cover.
    • Work-out places
        • Create places for gymnasium, yoga, recreational rooms where a person can spend specified time during the day.
    • Office-outs
        • Arrange office-outs like picnics, movie shows, dining, etc.
    • Office parties
        • Office parties may be on specified week-ends to relax from routines.
    • Celebrations
        • Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, promotions, etc.;
        • Celebrate festivals, may be few days earlier.
    • CSR projects
        • Involvement of employees in CSR (corporate social responsibility) projects like education, elderly health-care, environmental issues, resolving issues of neighbourhood villages, etc.;
        • They can spend some time during the month.
    • Crèches & old age care centres
        • Arranging crèche facility to take care of small children;
        • Arranging old age care centres to take care of employees’ parents.
    • School
        • Large organisations can open school for children of employees to take care of their education
    • Utilities bills payment
        • Creating help-desk for payment of utilities bills (electricity, water, mobile, insurance, etc.)
    • Govt. incentives
        • Arranging Govt. incentives (loans, incentives, etc.) for employees from weaker section.
    • Emergency situations
        • Taking care of employees and their family members during emergencies (like health, accidents, etc.)

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