Church Communications Conference 2024

How Should Churches Manage A Work-Life Balance

Katie Allred

How Should Churches Manage A Work-Life Balance

Katie Allred

According to Alan Kohll of Forbes in his article entitled “The Evolving Definition of Work-Life Balance,” it states that:  “A work-life balance is an important aspect of a healthy work environment. Maintaining a work-life balance helps reduce stress and helps prevent burnout in the workplace. Chronic stress is one of the most common health issues in the workplace.

A church, even though it’s a place of worship and peace, people working in it should have some time off to balance their career with their personal life. To members like us, the church is a peaceful place where we talk to the Creator and His Son, but for the employees of the church, pastors, and Ministers, it is a place of work. Hence, they shall also have a work-life balance for a healthier working environment.

 

Take a day-off

A day-off is usually 1-2 days a week, where we do not go to the office or do any work. This day is usually dedicated to rest, doing errands, or spending some time with your family. A day-off is important as it lets your body and mind rest and do things not related to work.

So what to do on your day-off? Here are some ideas you can do: exercise, handle your errands, lay on your bed all day, watch a movie, go to the spa, play with your kids, or date your spouse. Simply enjoy the day. Do whatever relaxes you, whatever recharges your energy. Things that will make you feel whole again and ready to work for another week.

 

Family time

Family time offers many benefits, including building confidence, creating a stronger emotional bond between family members. Likewise, it can be beneficial to your work too. Having a healthy relationship and environment at home lessens the stress level of an individual can lead to productive work and a healthy working environment.

Here are some activities you can do during family time: if permitted in your state, you and your family can visit the beach, enjoy a movie, or eat a meal together with your whole family.

 

Do fun activities

Learn to unwind, even within the premises of your workplace or in Church. Within your 8 hours of work, it should not be dedicated solely to working. You and your co-workers can eat together or take breaks together and have some small talks. Enjoy each other’s company and build a relationship with each other. Having a good relationship with your co-workers will surely give you a healthier working environment.

 

Work-from-home

With the pandemic, more and more companies and establishments are implementing work-from-home schemes. By working from home, you will have a cozier environment, a more relaxed environment. You’ll be able to focus more on work rather than be stressed with traffic and commute to work. Since employees don’t have to go to work, they’ll save more money and spend time with their family.

 

Conclusion

It’s hard to find a rest day for an organization such as the church since mass/sermon is done on Sundays, and ministers prepare for weekend activities during weekdays. Nevertheless, a short vacation or rest from work is important and should be given priority.

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