The study aims to analyze the features of the life-work balance. The central question of the research relates to why people cannot competently calculate their time to pay equal attention to work responsibilities and personal life. Also, the article considers the ways that may help to find an optimal to solve the set issue. The fundamental thesis of the work is connected with the promotion of social intelligence and its impact on life-work balance to enable adults to live a full life. The need to find possible solutions to this problem is relevant and entirely justified.
The importance of the chosen topic is that overwork leads to various problems in personal life and causes anxiety and health problems. Excessive enthusiasm for work adversely affects the family (Koubova & Buchko, 2013). Parents who spend too much time outside their home communicate with their children rarely. Accordingly, children do not feel parental warmth and grow up in an unfavorable atmosphere of loneliness.
The research topic is connected with the study of several scientific sources and the identification of the most optimal strategies that can help in solving the set problem. The essential tools that serve to disclose the topic are the review of the literature used and the primary conclusions that were obtained as a result of studying selected sources. The study aims to raise people’s awareness of the issue, describe possible ways to solve it, and define the connection between emotional intelligence and life-work balance.
The primary audience of the study is adults at the age of 30-50 who live in a marriage, have children, and at the same time work much. This category of the population feels the problem of incorrect life-work balance since all their attempts to earn money for the maintenance of the family often lead to the fact that children grow up without any participation of their parents. Most of the target audience understands the need to solve this issue as the lack of time is the cause of an unfavorable microclimate in their families. Perhaps, both the supporters of the study and skeptical people will be able to get useful information and apply it in their lives.
Problems of the Research
In the process of the research, it was found that there was an essential connection between life-work balance and emotional state. The excessive amount of time that adults spend at work influences their perception of the environment; the lack of personal time causes conflicts and misunderstandings in the family quite often. According to Koubova and Buchko (2013), the achievements or failures that a person experiences in the workplace directly affect the relationships with his or her relatives.
Furthermore, as Todd and Binns (2013) note, the problem of the wrong balance of personal and working time concerns both employees and managers who are too keen on their careers. Attempts to demonstrate personal abilities lead to the fact that workers do not have free time left. It, in turn, directly affects the deterioration of the relationships among family members and adversely affects the upbringing of children who do not feel sufficient care and support.
It is still necessary to define whether the wrong life-work balance affects all people equally, and analyze if some specific features can cause different life and work perception. There is a need to analyze the survey data and draw up an approximate plan for summing up the results. The obtained information will be useful for solving the stated research problem.
As a result of the study, it was possible to identify that emotional intelligence directly influences the life-work balance. As Munn (2013) notes, all the components of the research, including working relationships, a family situation, and personal achievements need to be considered separately. The correct setting of priorities can help to avoid misunderstanding, and the problem of the lack of time for personal life will be solved. Moreover, according to Major and Germano (2013), it is necessary to be flexible and find time not only for work but also for the family.
The collection of data about those people who managed to change their lives and achieve mutual understanding in their families, perhaps, will help to develop the research topic. Obtained results will certainly be useful as additional statistical information. The personal experience of those families who faced the problem of life-work balance could be a good argument in support of the research topic.
The conducted study can help to achieve rather high results in the analysis of the stated problem. The identification of a problematic link between emotional intelligence and life-work balance can be quite a good theoretical basis for further research in this field. Also, the results of the study can be useful concerning the issues of family psychology and working relationships. Probably the biggest problem was to find a positive correlation between emotional intelligence and life-work balance. The collection of information among particular people can also cause some difficulties. Nevertheless, the relevance of this topic is a rather justified reason to continue the research.
Koubova, V., & Buchko, A. A. (2013). Life-work balance: Emotional intelligence as a crucial component of achieving both personal life and work performance. Management Research Review, 36(7), 700-719.
Major, D. A., & Germano, L. M. (2013). The changing nature of work and its impact on the work-home interface. In F. Jones, R. J. Burke, & M. Westman (Eds.), Work-life balance: A psychological perspective (pp. 13-38). New York, NY: Psychology Press.
Munn, S. L. (2013). Unveiling the work-life system: The influence of work-life balance on meaningful work. Advances in Developing Human Resources, 15(4), 401-417.
Todd, P., & Binns, J. (2013). Work-life balance: Is it now a problem for management? Gender, Work, and Organization, 20(3), 219-231.