Work Life Balance – the new epidemic
Work life balance is emerging as one of the new epidemic problems of the 21st century. Lingering economic pressures from the 2008 recession have resulted in increased pressure on workers. Things like a global reduction in corporate headcounts and a relaxed attitude toward unpaid overtime are not helping. As a result, people have been forced to use up their productive focus for the day at work. This leaves little time or energy for their personal lives.
This type of coaching involves empowering the client to say ‘no’ when they feel they are losing control. For many people, poor work-life balance is just a symptom of a larger problem with excessive self-denial. They take on too much work. They (incorrectly) feel that doing otherwise is letting others down and failing to pull their own weight. As a result, some clients are unable to express their own creative side and thus working becomes robotic.
Building Confidence is Key
To be successful as a coach you need to help your clients to build self-confidence. And to trust in the fact that they deserve the freedom to take control over their own time. By talking intimately with your client, you’ll help them figure out what they really want their life to look like. Then you will need to get them to take steps (such as reducing work hours, changing fields, or even things like hiring a maid to cut down on housework) to start moving in the right direction. The idea is to let the momentum that you help them create carry them through the rest of their working life.
As work-life balance is still an emerging coaching field, there are few designated certifications available within the specialty area. Instead, coaches who wish to practice within it should pursue certifications for adjacent specialties, such as wellness or career coach certifications. Many of the techniques used in these areas are also applicable to work-life balance coaching. Further, work-life balance coaches should be able to set their own values aside and focus on helping the client structure their life the way they want it without judgement. It’s a specialty that requires an appreciation for a well-rounded approach to life and a desire to help people achieve that ideal.