Separate work and private life? 10 tips for work-life blending on the job

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Best of HR –®-Author Tjalf Nienaber recommends job seekers publicly as much as possible, At the same time, more and more are advertising Company with a homely atmosphere in the office. How much privacy in the job, term work-life-blending, is healthy? 10 tips.

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Has personal self-expression been normal for a long time?

In his article, Tjal Nienaber writes something that is still causing heated discussions in Germany:

The representation of oneself on the net with videos, pictures and texts should not be a problem for most of today's graduates and young professionals, is the handling of Facebook, Youtube, Instragram and Co. for the generation Y and Z nevertheless common practice. Self-marketing on the Internet is something they are completely familiar with.

Game, sports, tension in the workplace

And also in recruiting, private life has long since found its way into the job: More and more companies are realizing that they can attract young, well-qualified employees with a homely atmosphere in the workplace, games, fun, sports and healthy food. Because the corporate culture has changed.

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Lost by USCompany like google and facebook A trend of its own under the catchphrase Feelgood has long since developed in Germany. But it's more than just feeling good, like Feelgood expert Monika Kraus-Wildegger in an interview:

At first glance, the term "fun" or "health" is associated. Companies that emphasize only these aspects often do not want any further structural changes. This is what really matters: Feelgood is an active corporate culture, pushes themes and projects that are important to the colleagues.

Does work-life-blending more productively?

One should meet the mixture of professional and private concerns, in the jargon work-life-blending, so certainly with criticism. For example, because it often not only remains with joint activities, but also in this way private relationships, friendships and more arise. What do the facts look like?

On the other hand, studies show that working with friends is good for the workplace and makes it more productive. The Gallup Institute, for example, has found in its survey of approximately five million employees that 30 percent of employees have a so-called best friend in the office.

Teams that understand each other work better

More than half of it, namely 56 percent, is fully engaged at work. Of the remaining 70 percent, only eight percent were enthusiastic about their job, 63 percent make service by regulation, and 29 percent even fell by negative remarks about their job. And an investigation at the Columbia University showed that colleagues who liked each other and helped each other were much more productive than those who were dedicated to the job.

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The connection between friendly feelings, working atmosphere and increased performance is evident: those who understand themselves well with their colleagues have more fun and are more productive. Nevertheless, caution is sometimes required - because friends can be chosen, colleagues can not. As conflicts of intercourse and intercourse are mixed, conflicts can arise.

Conflicts pre-programmed

The mixing of professional and private concerns becomes problematic, for example, when one person wants more than a collegial relationship, but the other does not. Or if Nachnachnachber likes to tell spicy details from his private life, which one would rather not hear. Since most people want the most harmonious professional life possible, they are unsure whether they can then put such colleagues in their place.

Another problem is envy, which is the result of a sudden career of fellow colleagues - and the other does not. Or when private information is misused to gain a professional advantage.

Also appeal to negative feelings

Depending on the intensity of the relationship, one should also address such negative feelings, because to a certain extent, such behavior is normal. In a normal working relationship, on the other hand, there is a factual discussion about the new situation. In turn, however, it is not useful to separate private life and professionalism.

Apart from the fact that this is now becoming increasingly rare, conflicts can hardly be avoided in the long run. On the contrary, whoever avoids the need for private contacts is soon regarded as unsympathetic and is mutually exclusive, which in the long run also hurts the career.

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Relationship management in the job is easier

And one more thing to note is that, thanks to the flexible working methods, frequent location and workplace changes, there is less and less opportunity to establish and maintain intensive private relationships outside the profession.

In addition, one is inevitably talking about the work with which one is spending his day. If you do not make a compensation there will be a big problem when you lose a job.

10 Work Life Blending Tips

Work-life blending, the mixing of personal and professional interests, can make working more pleasant, but also lead to conflicts. 10 Tips for the right handling.

  1. No avoidance attitude: People are social beings - even and especially at work. It therefore does not mean to exclude private things in the job
  2. Draw boundaries: Not everyone is sympathetic and you do not have to exchange with each person private details. Make it clear where your limits lie.
  3. Open talk about problems: There is potential for conflict in every human relationship. Talk openly about your problems and try to solve them that way.
  4. Do not blaspheme: Even if it seems tempting: blasphemed with fellow colleagues over the boss, might be in the eye.
  5. Social contacts outside: Even if it is difficult: Take care of social contacts outside their jobs. Otherwise, your friendships will be lost when you lose your job.
  6. Do not get distracted: Here's another chat, as a coffee: Even if you work with friends, the job should not be a chat hour - otherwise there is trouble with the boss.
  7. Factual distance: Distinguish between real friends and nice colleagues. Private contacts are ok, but some things you should also keep to yourself with good friends.
  8. What the boss says Employers can neither require nor prohibit private contacts at the workplace.
  9. Beware of flirtation: When the line of privacy is crossed, love is not far. Many employers do not like to see this because of the potential for conflict.
  10. Social networks: Also, pay attention to what you reveal about your work on social networks like Twitter or Xing - especially if the boss is also one of your friends. But: especially Facebook can be set so that not everyone notices everything.

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