Work-life balance can be defined as the state of equilibrium between the individual’s professional and personal life. Even though this term was coined in the late 19th century, it has been in practice for a long time. K.W Kellogg even before world war-II broke their three days- eight hour shifts into four days- six hour shifts and saw a major improvement in employee efficiency and morale. The term work-life balance can have different meanings for different communities of the society. If we see from an employee’s point of view, it can be managing work demands and family/personal responsibilities whereas if we see from an employer’s/ organization’s perspective, it can be creating a supportive culture by giving enough control, autonomy and flexibility along with offering such policies which will enable an employee to maintain such balance.
During this pandemic, everyone irrespective of working or not is experiencing extreme anxiety and stress making it quite difficult to establish the balance. The individuals are more susceptible to burnouts due to uncertainty and fear of losing a loved one. Many people who are away from their families and managing it all by themselves should know that staying put during this time is also an achievement in itself and shouldn’t stress about bringing in the balance.