A flexible working life is something all workers are increasingly beginning to prioritise, but it’s easier said than done - even for Hollywood A-lister, Beyoncé Knowles.
In a recent interview with Elle, Knowles said the most stressful thing for her was balancing work and life.
“Making sure I am present for my kids—dropping Blue off at school, taking Rumi and Sir to their activities, making time for date nights with my husband, and being home in time to have dinner with my family—all while running a company can be challenging,” Knowles said.
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“Juggling all of those roles can be stressful, but I think that’s life for any working mom.”
It’s so stressful in fact, that some employees in Japan would be willing to forgo nearly half of their income to enjoy a better work/life balance, a new report from the International Monetary Fund revealed.
And facilitating a good work/life balance for employees is good for business too.
In fact, when Microsoft Japan trialled a four-day work week for a month earlier this year, the company reported happier workers and a 40 per cent increase in productivity.
And Japan isn’t the only country to begin to encourage a good work/life balance.
In China, Alibaba’s founder Jack Ma told employees to follow a “669” rule, rather than China’s controversial “996” rule, which encourages workers to work from 9am to 9pm for six days of the week.
Instead, 669 refers to having sex six times in six days, and lasting as long as possible.
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