Category Worklife Balance

When you suck at taking days off

There’s a big part of me that dreams of weekends, holidays and furloughs. Today (apparently) is the first day of taking days off. I’ve chosen to take 3 days off in front of a weekend. It’ll be the longest break I have had since moving house and the longest non-committal break in 3 years. Yet here I am. I am once again back at the computer and writing. Because ladies

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When your professional life gives you lemons

Redundancies, being fired, workplace bullying, crashing from stress, leaving a vocation you love through no fault of your own, dealing with strained environments, being surrounded by a toxic culture or people- all these situations impact us negatively in our working lives. Things don’t always go to plan. Whether it’s your personal or your professional life, things can impact how we feel about ourselves and in turn, how we respond and

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Talking work-life balance at Vivid Ideas: What did we learn?

100 shiny faces, 2 volunteers, 1 sponsor and a bunch of amazing panellists joined Hacking Happiness for our first ever foray into the wonderful world of Vivid Sydney’s Vivid Ideas. It was an amazing event held at the Museum of Contemporary Art overlooking Sydney Harbour. Here’s just a bit of what we discovered in the months leading to ‘the myth of work-life balance in a get-ahead culture.’ The concept of

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Why we need to talk about work-life balance

This coming Sunday, June 7, we’re hosting a panel discussion as part of Sydney’s Vivid Ideas Festival called ‘The Myth of Work-Life Balance in a Get-Ahead Culture’. This conversation is desperately needed. Because the impact of employees’ mental health conditions on productivity, participation and compensation claims has been estimated by PwC (2014) to cost Australian businesses at least $10.9 billion a year. Because we think it’s normal to check work

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Do what you love: the perfect con

‘Do what you love’ is the siren call of the twenty-first century. But it could be the perfect con. “Do what you love”, says Marc Anthony, “and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Of course, it’s good for Marc Anthony to suggest so; he’s the top selling tropical salsa artist of all time, a two-time Grammy and five-time Latin Grammy winner. Winners are great at encouraging others to

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Accomplishment is better than wealth

You see it in the freelance culture. You see it with the white collar professionals. Even some small business owners have caught the bug. The agencies sure have. Everyone is measuring their worth in money and profit. But strangely, despite the fat salaries and fancy benefits, this doesn’t mean everyone’s actually having a great time. In fact, earning big bucks doesn’t make you any happier. According to two Princeton professors,

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