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Work/Life Balance

More than ever before, Canadians play many different roles in their lives. They are workers, parents, spouses, friends, caregivers of elderly relatives and volunteers in their communities. They must also make room in their lives for taking care of their own physical and mental well-being. Not surprisingly, achieving balance among all these competing priorities can be difficult.
In this section, you will find suggestions to help you balance your priorities and maintain optimum mental health both at home and in the workplace. Employers will find information about how to support their employees in achieving a healthy work/life balance.


Information for Employees

Many feel that there’s nothing they can do to bring their lives back into balance. After all, the demands of the workplace continue to increase, as do the number of hours most Canadians spend at their jobs. According to Human Resources and Social Development Canada, one in four Canadians work 50 hours per week or more, compared to one in ten a decade ago. But you can make changes happen – significant changes that will make your work more effective and your time with family and friends more enjoyable.

Information for Employers

As a manager or employer, your primary concern is the success of your business or department. Success for most organizations means controlling costs and optimizing performance. That’s your bottom line. But have you considered the impact that work/life balance – both for you and your staff – has on that bottom line?

Mental Health Meter

Assessing our mental health is not as simple to do as measuring our physical health. There are no scales or endurance tests that rate mental fitness. But with the help of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Meter, you can reflect on your unique strengths and identify areas where your level of mental fitness could be improved to help you cope with all of life’s up and downs.

Mental Illness in the Workplace

For people experiencing a mental illness, a good work/life balance is critical. The relationship between stress and mental illness is complex, but certainly stress can exacerbate mental illness for some people. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, employees who considered most of their days to be quite a bit or extremely stressful were over 3 times more likely to suffer a major depressive episode, compared with those who reported low levels of general stress.

Mental Illness in the Workplace

Work is important to our well-being. In addition to the income it brings, it can be a big part of our identity, how we understand our skills, and a way to contribute to something bigger. However, a mental illness can have a big impact on the way we work.

Work-Life Balance Quiz

Do you find it difficult to balance the different roles in your life? If so, you’re not alone – 58% of Canadians report “overload” as a result of the pressures associated with work, home and family, friends, physical health, volunteer and community service.

Take this quiz to see if you’re in balance.

Work-Life Balance: Make It Your Business

If you’re finding it difficult to balance the different elements of your life, you’re not alone. 58% of Canadians report “overload” associated with their many roles – work, home and family, friends, physical health, volunteer and community service.