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Off balance? The importance of making time for yourself

Written by Staff Writer

August 31, 2020

Last week we brought you the third Standard Bank Top Women Masterclass, focused on the future of work and establishing work-life balance.

Topco Media’s Head of Marketing, Karla Fletcher, was joined by top women from Google Africa, McDonald’s South Africa, LexisNexis and Standard Bank in a dynamic and interactive discussion. This Masterclass featured Carissa Dizon: Next Billion Users Business & Operations, Africa, Google; Videsha Proothveerajh: Managing Director at LexisNexis, Jo-Ann De Wet; Chief Operations and Supply Chain Officer for McDonald’s SA; and Amelia Muller; Head of Culture, Leadership Development & Insights at Standard Bank. These incredible and influential women shared their insight on the role of technology in reshaping work and the workplace, how workplace flexibility can impact how you attract, hire, and retain talent, and how to eliminate the gender pay gap through flexible working hours.

Throughout the discussion, we ran some polls to get an idea on what our attendees thought about a few relevant points. The results were interesting and provided great insight. 72% of voters said that working from home actually results in working longer hours. Interestingly, 79% of voters said that positively impacts their work-life balance.

Key takeaways to watch out for in this masterclass:

  • Perhaps instead of referring to work-life balance, we should discuss work-life harmony
  • We need to know when to say no at work when something important at home needs us
  • If we don’t investigate human balance, we will never know that we can be more than just our work
  • Wellbeing is a practice that requires constant work
  • In order to find a work-life balance that works for us, we need to really get to know ourselves
  • When we find ourselves in a space where we’re not happy, we need to pause and ask what’s not working
  • When we, as women, show our full selves, flaws and all, we inadvertently allow other women to be themselves
  • In order to be a successful role model, one needs to have empathy, be willing to listen, be curious, and understand that we don’t know everything
  • When striving for a work-life balance, it’s important not aim for perfection, but rather be realistic with our goals
  • We can’t look after others if we don’t look after ourselves

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