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Work-life-balance in hospitality

January 24th, 2020  /  Blog, Clip member profile, Global Hospitality, Industry Insights, Mental Health, Uncategorized  /  Turned off

Working in the hospitality industry can be fun and fulfilling but it can also be stressful. It can be difficult to create a schedule in which work supports your personal life and your personal life supports you at work.

The industry can offer career advancement and the ability to work almost anywhere in the world however, there can be expectations to work long hours, or to transfer and relocate. The seasonal and ever-changing nature of hospitality can put professional under pressure, increasing stress at work and home. For example hospitality professionals may not be able to take a break during the pick season. Year round work schedules also may not align with family and social circles. This makes it harder to spend time together to connect, and fatigue can also effect personal relationships.

 When work- life-balance is heavily weighted towards work it takes time away from the things that sustain and nurture, the things that keep hospitality professionals well.

It could be helpful for hospitality professionals to look at the bigger picture and feel what’s important to them at this time in life. Being honest about one’s values, and knowing which areas of life are most important, can help with decision making, planning and avoiding resentment. It may be useful to consider what is realistically required to reach career goals. Are you willing to make sacrifices in other areas of life? If so, for what period of time? The goals, values and needs of spouses and family may also be part of this consideration, and an important conversation to have with them.

Although we can’t control everything, we do have choices. The hospitality industry in Australia is booming and allows for up skilling and new job opportunities. Friends and colleagues may be able to identify supports and opportunities that you are unaware of, or underutilised, and give you the courage to explore making changes. A final recommendation is to speak with one’s boss, they may surprise you with options in or outside the workplace that you didn’t know about.

Below are some online tools including validating advice from mental health experts about the things we need in our lives to reduce stress

Work-life-balance -what you can do:

1.  Get to know what’s important to you.

2.  Look for where you do have choice.

3.  Identify and use the supports available.

4.  Include the people you share your life with.

5.  Make inquire at work, there may be options you’re unaware of.

Online resources

7 ways to reduce stress https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-


Workplace resources https://www.ruok.org.au/work-resources

Well-being through self leadership https://www.formen.org.au/