work-life balance

Are You a Corporate Zombie? 5 tips to maintain work-life balance

By Farhan Shah

Singaporeans are a stressed lot.

Numerous survey results have shown that Singaporeans work up to 45.9 hours a week, when the global average is 38.2 hours. Furthermore, with smartphones becoming a ubiquitous part of our daily lives, the line between our personal and corporate lives is slowly becoming smudged, according to a survey by Randstad.

Thanks to the wonders of technology, 69% of Singaporeans regularly tune in to work outside office hours, higher than the regional average of 66%.

Our pursuit for perfection and efficiency is almost legendary but at what cost to our health and most importantly, our lives?

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Study: Nothing Wrong With Workaholics

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By Melissa Korn

Can’t step away from the BlackBerry? Leaving a work voicemail at 10 p.m.? You might be a workaholic. No surprises there.

But new research suggests that may not be a bad thing.

A paper out of the Rouen Business School in France says workaholism – defined by work involvement, feelings of being compelled to work and work enjoyment – can actually be constructive.

As long as the compulsion to work is self-driven, it can lead to personal feelings of accomplishment (I finished that project! I solved that accounting problem!) and benefit the organization (That project is finished ahead of schedule! Our clients think we’re great!) according to Yehuda Baruch, the management professor behind the study.

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